Independent Lives is a user-led charity. We work with people with support needs and carers, to enable people to lead full, active and independent lives.

We work directly with disabled people of all ages, 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
  • Banking, payroll, and recruitment services assists people to manage their own budgets and personal assistants
  • The Care Service provides personalised care and support in your own home
  • Respite for family carers through short breaks for older people
  • Engage with user-led support and action groups
  • Volunteering opportunities to people with support needs
  • Campaign on the rights of disabled people
  • Fundraise to overcome loneliness.

We work with health and social care professionals

  • Provide training and training materials, consultancy, and recruitment support
  • Work with local authority social care teams and Clinical Commissioning Groups on support planning, personalisation and co-production, and health and social care integration.

Read more about us in reports and publications.