A selection of the staff of Independent Lives.

Independent Lives, a user-led charity dedicated to changing the lives of disabled people, people with support needs, and carers, has today released its 2023 Impact Report.

The report showcases the charity’s significant achievements and the positive impact it has made on thousands of people’s lives across Sussex and Croydon over the past year. 

Key highlights from the report include: 

  • Providing information and advice 7,118 times to 2,217 people 
  • Delivering 51,182 hours of person-centred care in people’s own homes 
  • Offering more than 6,000 hours of respite care for carers 
  • Processing 16,130 payrolls to support Direct Payment employers. 

Rebecca Smicle, Chief Executive of Independent Lives, commented on the report’s findings: 

“This impact report truly demonstrates the vital role Independent Lives plays in our community. Despite the challenges we’ve faced, our dedicated staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives. From expanding our Direct Payment support services to launching innovative projects addressing digital exclusion, we’ve consistently strived to empower individuals and create a more inclusive society.” 

The report also highlights the charity’s expansion into new areas, including a research project on the effects of the cost-of-living crisis on disabled people and the launch of their first Friends of Independent Lives membership study. 

Independent Lives invites the public to explore the full  report, including an easy-read version, on their website: www.independentlives.org/impact-report-2023. 

The charity remains committed to its vision of a fair society where everyone can participate and have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.