GCHQ lights up purple for disability
News article - 3 Dec 2017
The one-off event was part of the #purplelightup, launched by the disabled networking group Purple Space. Satellite dishes and site entrances were lit up across GCHQ's sites in Cheltenham, Bude and Scarborough. Staff marked the day with charity fundraising events and by giving their wardrobe a purple makeover.
Purple Day gave us the opportunity to be part of this national event to increase awareness of the benefits of integrating disabled people into the workforce. We are keen to share our experiences of supporting staff with disabilities - and to learn from others.
The organisation's disability champion and Director General of Technology, said: "GCHQ is at the heart of the nation's security and our mission is to keep the UK safe - we couldn't do that without the fantastic contribution of our disabled colleagues. We are celebrating their impact but equally recognise we still have more to do. As the threat we face diversifies, so too must the workforce that tackles it. Very often it is our disabled community that leads the cutting-edge work we do. If we make life better for them, we make it better for everyone at GCHQ. That's why we're delighted to be lighting up our buildings for this great cause."
The #purplelightup event gave GCHQ's Disabled Employees Network (DEN) the opportunity to showcase the work they do for their disabled colleagues - including the Purple Allies initiative. Purple Allies was set up within the organisation to remove barriers to recruiting and retaining employees with disabilities.
Ally, one of the initiative's leads, said: "I am excited that GCHQ has joined forces with Purple Space for this event which celebrates the unique contribution people with disabilities bring to so many organisations in this country. I'm so proud of the work we do at GCHQ, but I'm even prouder of the inclusive organisation we're creating. We're determined to continue building a diverse workforce which chooses its staff based on their skills not their disabilities, and recognises that different approaches are vital to keeping the country safe from harm."