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‘Destined’ for Equality - Anderson

1 February, 2008 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has praised the work of local charity Destined which supports people living with learning difficulties.

Ms. Anderson said:

"Destined kindly invited me to their monthly meeting to discuss the Stand Up For Derry campaign and I was delighted to accept.

"I have met with the members, volunteers and staff on a number of occasions and I have been extremely impressed with what they are doing. Many of them also travelled on the Stand Up For Derry cavalcade to Stormont and I was thrilled to get the opportunity to talk more about the campaign at Destined's monthly meeting this week.

"Obviously the needs of people with learning difficulties are at the core of this campaign and they are also at the core of much of my work in the Assembly with the Disabled sector and within the Child Poverty Inquiry.

"This campaign intends to ensure that resources are delivered on the basis of need and that means organisations like Destined and people with learning difficulties should get the support they require.

"And as a major part of ensuring that happens, Sinn Féin has recently succeeded in ensuring that all future government policies and programmes will have to be equality proofed.

"That means every single penny of public investment - some £20 billion over the next decade - will have to be used to actively promote equality for all.

"Therefore, marginalised groups such as those with learning difficulties can no longer be sidelined by the powers that be.

"Of course, there is a long way to go. We have secured the tools to ensure true equality is delivered but it will take a lot of hard work in the months and years ahead to ensure that this agenda is implemented to its fullest potential.

"But we in Sinn Féin have never been afraid of hard work and we look forward to working with Destined and similar organisations as we build a better future for all our people." ENDS

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