25 Years of International Paralympic Committee

Chris was invited to speak at the Gala Dinner marking the International Paralympic Committee’s 25th Anniversary. The Gala Dinner, in Berlin, was the highlight of a three-day event celebrating 25 years so far, and discussing the future strategic direction of the Paralympic Movement. One of the highlights of the evening was when Chris learnt that the London 2012 Paralympic Games had come top of the list of 25 greatest ever Paralympic Sport Moments.

Conservative Party Conference

At this year’s Conservative Party Conference Chris spoke at events organised by Demos and the Work Foundation. Both events covered a subject he cares passionately about; creating employment opportunities and giving people a chance for a better future. Although unemployment figures are at a record low employment prospects for many young people and disabled people remain a particular struggle.

Disabled people are more than twice as likely as non-disabled people to be lacking but wanting work. The government now has an  important opportunity to look at new ways to improve employment outcomes for disabled people. “Living with Disability: Improving employment outcomes” was run by Demos and launched a fascinating collection of essays titled “How far we’ve travelled and how far we have to go….”.

Chris also took part in a panel discussion organised by the Work Foundation and chaired by Fraser Nelson. It asked the question; what would constitute a good youth labour market? ‘More Than a Job’ – Creating Career Opportunities for Young People.

More about the event

Campaign to encourage more women and ethnic minorities to play rugby

On September 10th Lord Holmes joined Helen Grant, Minister for Sport, to launch a new Premiership Rugby programme that aims to get more women and ethnic minorities involved in rugby. An EHRC grant of £600000 will be used to get 700 women and girls into the sport, train up 480 coaches and involve 2500 participants. Chris sees this new initiative as a key part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy and a powerful way to close the gender gap in a sport in which women and ethnic minorities are particularly underrepresented. Read more about the project in the articles below:

Helen Grant and Lord Holmes at Rugby launch

Helen Grant and Lord Holmes at Rugby launch

‘Premiership Rugby receives 600000 grant to increase the number of women in the sport’ Telegraph, 10th September 2014

Lord Holmes and Premiership Rugby look to continue London 2012 Legacy, Premiership Rugby Website

 

Launch of new ‘passport’ guide for disabled travellers

Passport launch at Heathrow with Ade AdepitanThis summer the Equalities and Human Rights Commission have published a handy passport sized guide to your rights when you fly as a disabled traveller. Due to a legal loophole the rights we citizens enjoy on the ground in UK and EU countries are replaced by an outdated agreement known as the Montreal Convention when we board a plane. What this means for disabled travellers is that should anything go wrong in the air, or indeed airside when you have cleared check in, you will not be protected by the rights enshrined in domestic equality legislation. The passport guide has been produced to help travellers know what rights they do have and what measures they can take to make sure they have the smoothest journey possible. Read Chris’s blog on the subject..

Campaign to increase diversity in broadcasting.

As Disability Commissioner at The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Chris is spearheading a new government-backed project aimed at unlocking economic and creative potential by increasing the diversity of people working in Britain’s television sector.

As Great Britain’s national equality body and authority on equality legislation, the Commission will be providing expert legal guidance on what is permitted under the law for employers, commissioners and others working within the sector.

The guidance will help broadcasters expand the talent pool from which they find the best candidates and will cover areas including employment, commissioning, broadcasting, programme making and procurement practices

EHRC to offer broadcasters diversity guidance, Broadcast.

Commission announces new project to increase diversity in the television sector

 

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