Quiet COVID-19 vaccination session at the Brighton Centre

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust are offering a dedicated quiet COVID-19 vaccination session for people who may need more time for their appointment. Read more

Free training for all care workers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the NHS is offering free training and resources to all care workers (including PAs) as a part of the Stop Look Care project. Read more

Update on COVID-19 testing for personal assistants

The Department of Health and Social Care have updated their COVID-19 testing policy for eligible personal assistants in England. Read more

Clarity on sleep-in pay for care workers

Social care workers who sleep during night shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage only when they are awake and supporting people who require overnight support services. Read more

Back to independence with Home First

The Independent Lives hospital discharge service, Home First, has helped over 500 people to get home from hospital since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Read more

The future funding of adult social care

Independent Lives is proud to support the #socialcarefuture movement calling on Ministers to break their silence on the future funding of social care. Read more

Free activities for Easter

Young Voices are offering some free, online Easter activities for young people with SEND. Read more

Free transport to your COVID-19 vaccination

West Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment will be able to book a free return journey to attend. Read more

Support the Left out of Life campaign

Take action to tackle loneliness among disabled people and play your part in making society more inclusive. Read more

Scope's Disability Energy Advice Service Wants To Help Reduce Your Energy Bills

Scope has launched its Disability Energy Advice Service, which aims to work with disabled people and support them with increased energy costs. Read more

Support and advice for young carers

The West Sussex County Council Young Carers team have released new information detailing advice and support available to young carers in the county. Read more

Restarting our Carers' Respite service

Independent Lives is delighted to announce that we will be restarting our Carers' Respite service, Time out in Adur, on 22nd March. Read more

Don't ever call us unskilled workers again

Paradigm have published a report which draws together the observations and insights of 118 support workers who have been working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Audio recording option set to be introduced for all PIP assessments

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has agreed that all disabled people being assessed for personal independence payment (PIP) will be able to have their face-to-face assessments recorded. Read more

COVID-19 vaccinations now available for adult family and friend carers

The government have now opened the COVID-19 vaccination programme to those in group 6, which includes adult unpaid carers. Read more

COVID-19 and the Rights of Disabled People

Independent Lives is proud to support the Open Statement from Disabled People's Organisations and Allies. Read more

Free vitamin D for vulnerable groups

During the autumn and winter months, the Government has advised everyone in the UK to take a supplement of vitamin D every day to support general health and in particular for bone and muscle health. Read more

Your February 2021 Direct Payment newsletter

Welcome to the February 2021 edition of the Independent Lives Direct Payments newsletter. Read more

UK Disability Survey

The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People, and they need your help. Read more

Free RESTORE2mini Tool Training

Free RESTORE2mini tool Training for Care & Support Workers Read more

Care Service rotas are going paperless

You'll now be able to access your support rota online, 24/7. Read more

Time to Talk - The Power of Small

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. Read more

New fitness video from Superstar Arts

Superstar Arts have released their second free fitness video. Grab some water, clear some space and join in at home! Read more