About us News Your September 2019 Direct Payment e-newsletter Independent Lives presents… Superhero Sunday! Come and join Independent Lives this Sunday for some superhero themed fun! On Sunday 22 September from 13:30 – 15:30 at Impulse Leisure in Lancing, we’re holding an afternoon of superhero-based fun! With a bouncy castle, soft play area, a disco and even a few superhero surprises! It’s all for a great cause too! 100% of all the proceeds will be put towards an accessible vehicle as we are fundraising to provide accessible transport for disabled adults and children across West Sussex. Please visit www.independentlives.org/event/superhero-sunday or give us a call on 01903 219482 to book your tickets today. Upcoming Community Events Here at Independent Lives, we regularly run events and workshops for those in receipt of Direct Payments. If you’ve only just started receiving Direct Payments and you’re thinking about using them to employ your own staff, our ‘How to be an effective employer’ workshops are an excellent starting point. The workshop will help you to understand what your responsibilities are as an employer, how to successfully recruit support staff and how to deal with staff management. To find out more about the West Sussex effective employer workshops, please click here. We also are pleased to announce a new support group for West Sussex Direct Payment customers. The support group aims to allow you to share information ideas with other Direct Payment users and to help increase your confidence and knowledge around Direct Payments. To find out more about the support group, please click here. Public Consultation on Mental Health Plans Mental Health affects us all, whether directly or indirectly, so it’s vitally important people have access to safe, effective and high-quality Mental Health services whenever they need them. The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) within West Sussex, along with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are working together on plans to improve Mental Health services in the area, looking at the standard of care they provide so they can understand where and how they can make improvements to their current service. They’ve created a range of proposals to improve the quality of Mental Health services across the county and are running a consultation for patients to have their say, which ends on Friday 11 October at 17:00. To read the proposals and to take part in the consultation, please click here. Applying for funding: a step-by-step guide People with physical and learning disabilities are being encouraged to apply for funding to help support them at work. The Government’s ‘Access to Work’ grant can be used to pay for practical assistance at work including special equipment and adaptations, a job coach, interpreters, counselling, taxi fares and specific software. West Sussex County Council has produced a series of videos that explain how to apply for the funding. The videos are a step by step guide to completing the ‘Access to Work’ application process as well as tips about working when you have a disability. To watch the videos, please click here.