About Us

Independent Lives is a user-led charity working with disabled people, people with care needs, and those with caring responsibilities, to enable people to lead full, active and independent lives. 

  • We work directly with disabled people, and parents and carers of disabled children: Providing a Direct Payments support service to help people arrange and manage their own personalised care and support. We offer banking, payroll, and recruitment services so people can manage their own budgets and personal assistants. Our care service Lend a Hand provides personalised home-based care and support. We engage with disabled people living in the local community through user-led support and action groups and our volunteer programme, and campaign on the rights of disabled people.
  • We work with health and social care professionals: Providing training and training materials, consultancy, and recruitment support. We work closely with local authority social care teams and Clinical Commissioning Groups on support planning, personalisation and co-production, and health and social care integration.