Independent lives is a user-led charity working to change the lives of disabled people, people with support needs and carers.

Young woman and man with Down syndrome smiling in front of a laptop

Independent lives is a user-led charity working to change the lives of disabled people, people with support needs and carers.

Working together to change lives

Independent Lives is a user-led charity working to change the lives of disabled people, people with support needs and carers. Our vision is for a fair society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

PA Pages

Independent Lives operate a separate website devoted to the management of Direct Payments and the recruitment of personal assistants.

Friends of Independent Lives

Friends of Independent Lives is our free membership programme which aims to allow as many people as possible to help shape the services which we provide.

Careers

Independent Lives employs a diverse workforce across a variety of roles. We offer our staff great benefits and career progression opportunities.

Latest news

Jan 30 2024

Beyond assumptions: The Ask Don’t Assume campaign

Our comms volunteer Sarah gives her personal perspective on the Government’s 'Ask Don’t Assume' campaign.   As a disabled person, do non-disabled people make assumptions about you and/or your abilities or give help or advice when you don’t want ...
Rebecca Smicle, CEO of Independent Lives receives grant from ASDA Foundation holding a cheque with the word 'Inclusion' in the background.

Jan 18 2024

Independent Lives receives essential grant from ASDA Foundation for Home First wellness bags

Independent Lives has received a £400 Empowering Local Communities Grant from the Asda Foundation. This funding is allocated for the creation of wellness bags for their Home First service customers. These wellness bags are designed to ...
Independent Lives' community researchers, Polly, Gareth and Cara [L-R]

Jan 4 2024

More than just a job – community research at Independent Lives

Independent Lives community researcher – Cara Redlich (right), shares her experience of starting work with Independent Lives and working on a project she feels really passionate about. In June 2023, I started a new and exciting ...