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Aug 30 2022

Five fundraising ideas this summer

Summer officially ends on 23 September, that’s just over four weeks away. Before the dull and gloomy winter and rain set in again, lets enjoy the opportunity of what summer brings, being more active, productive, and feeling that ‘good feel’ factor by helping us raise some funds for our charity, Independent Lives. Here are five

Aug 30 2022

Six million disabled people to get Cost of Living payment in September

Those being paid a qualifying disability benefit will be paid automatically from 20 September, with the vast majority of those eligible expected to receive their one-off payment within a couple of weeks by the beginning of October. Qualifying disability benefits include Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Armed Forces Independence Payment, Constant Attendance

Aug 9 2022

Sue’s story

Sue lives in Worthing with her husband. She’s been using the Independent Lives Care Service since 2015. Sue used to be a carer before health issues meant that she needed to stop working. “I was a carer for 38 years and then I developed Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis in my sixties. I managed without support for a

Aug 3 2022

Seven reasons to work as a personal assistant

Every day, in the UK, thousands of personal assistants work to change the lives of the people they support. They make a huge contribution to health care and deserve to be recognised for the heroes they are. If you have never thought about working as a personal assistant, then here are seven reasons we think

Aug 3 2022

Building a society where everyone can take part

Have you ever felt that you weren’t able to participate in something because of the world around you? That someone else’s opinion or lack of understanding got in the way of you fulfilling your potential? As I’m writing this, one example pops into my mind. My GP suggested that I should look into yoga classes,

Jun 29 2022

Adults’ Services Customer and Carer Group

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) are looking for people to join their friendly Customer and Carer Group. This will give you an opportunity to share your experiences of social care and strengthen the voice of people who use services. It has been meeting for over ten years and always welcomes new members. The group acts

Jun 22 2022

Tyler’s story – a film about disability

Independent Lives is proud to present Tyler’s Story. Watch the full film online now. Shot locally in and around Worthing, ‘Tyler’s Story’ follows Tyler as he goes about his life, meeting friends, going to work, the gym and enjoying his hobbies. It draws attention to the challenges and stigma he faces as a disabled man

Mar 16 2022

Di’s story

Di has been using the Independent Lives care service since 2018. We spoke to her about why she chose Independent Lives for her support, and what she likes most about her support. I have used the Independent Lives care service for over 4 years now, and prior to joining I was using a different care

Mar 16 2022

Colby’s story

Toni has been using the Independent Lives information and advice, payroll, and banking services for the past year. We spoke to her about her support, and the difference it’s made to her family. My son, Colby, was born in 2014. At first, we didn’t realise he was any different, he was a happy little baby