What volunteering means to me

Chris volunteers regularly at Independent Lives and made a huge amount of candy floss volunteering at the Halloween Fundraiser Fun Day. Chris talks about the importance of fundraising to support disabled people to take part in social activities. Read more

End of year update on volunteering and fundraising

In 2018 we started crowdfunding, secured new grants, and worked with local disabled people through our volunteering programme. Find out what we have been up to in Helen's latest blog. Read more

Why, after 17 years of working in care, I still love my job!

Leanne has been a support worker with the Independent Lives Care Service since May 2011. As the Care Service turns 10, we caught up with her to find out more about her and her role. Read more

Rebecca, CEO, reflects on the impact of our work

You are what makes Independent Lives one of the best places in the country to work. In the last year we not only supported 1,400 disabled people through the Direct Payment Information and Advice service, our care service also provided 42,211 hours of care and support. Read more

Introducing Rebecca Smicle

We have a great team and really good culture. When I joined Independent Lives we were working to set up support for Direct Payments to enable choice and control and these core values are still very much alive across the whole organisation today. Read more

Personal Budgets – June’s story

June’s budget, and the control we have over it, has allowed us to stay together. This is the most supported June has ever been, things couldn’t be better. Without this, I would be visiting June in a nursing home. Read more

Having a Personal Budget can transform your life

I know, it’s transformed mine. However many people can be very daunted at first and worry they will be taking on too much. But with the right support, guidance and conversations built around their needs the experience can be very positive. Read more

Let’s talk about death

Every year in May Dying Matters hosts an awareness week, giving us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death, and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year we’re being asked: What can you do? Read more