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Donate to our Easter Bunny Hop!

Following on from the smashing success of our Halloween fun day, Independent Lives is holding our next fundraising event this Easter.

We are holding an Easter Bunny Hop Children's Disco over the Easter half-term to fund raise for social activities for disabled children and adults across West Sussex.

We are looking for local businesses and people to pledge their support!

How you can help: 

  • Make a donation to cover the costs of the event
  • Donate a prize for the colouring competition
  • Come along on Wednesday 17 April to the Jubilee Hall at Lancing Parish Hall, the disco and activities are running 2pm-4pm.
  • If you run children’s workshops, activities or classes locally and would be happy to run a session for free we would love to have you there.

All proceeds raised at the disco go to providing social activities for disabled children and adults across West Sussex, and will support our ongoing fundraising for this cause.

For more information, please click here.

Access to Work cap increases to £59,200 in April

From 01 April, the cap for Access to Work will increase to £59,200 from its current level of £57,200.

Access to Work is a Government scheme which helps pay for any additional support you may need in your workplace if you are disabled. This can include workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport to and from your workplace and British Sign Language interpreters.

To find out more about Access to Work, please click here.

Positive stories about workplace adjustments wanted

The Equality and Human Rights Commission would like to hear from disabled people and those managing a long-term health condition about adjustments made in their place of work.

They are filming a series of case studies in a broad range of workplaces to illustrate the reasonable adjustment duty to reach and inspire employers who may not know how to support disabled people at work.

If you have a positive story to tell about reasonable adjustments you have in place which remove barriers you might otherwise experience at work, please contact [email protected] for more information. 

Hampshire customer wins Skills for Care Accolade!

We're really pleased to report that one of our Hampshire PA employers Claire Steeples, has won the 'Best individual who employs their own care and support staff' award at the 2019 Skills for Care Accolades. Here's what Skills for Care had to say about Claire and her team:

'Claire’s support team have worked hard to provide a system of care and support that means that she has a full and joyful life. Evidence of this is available through the support processes that promote person-centred care of the highest quality. Claire appears happy and content and she’s with her family who love her. The work that Claire’s PA team have carried out has been seen by Hampshire County Council as something that could be shared more widely and can be replicated elsewhere as it demonstrates what can be achieved and what is possible.'

Everyone at Independent Lives would like to extend their warmest congratulations to Claire, her mum Jenny and her brothers Richard and John.

Working with us

Day Activities Coordinator
Job title:            Day Activities Coordinator, Carers Respite Service
Hours:               30 hours per week Flexible working arrangements considered
Salary:              £22,000 - 24,000 per annum, pro rata (depending on experience)
Location:           Office based with regular travel throughout West Sussex

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Day Activities Coordinator to join our Carers Respite Service. You will oversee the smooth running of a community-based service providing activities and day outings to people with support needs.

The successful candidate will lead and encourage service users to join in meaningful activities whilst maintaining their independence, choice and dignity. The role involves creating a programme of leisure activities and social events based in a community centre and across Adur district. To support the service the Day Activities Coordinator will recruit and manage a network of volunteers to provide a variety of social opportunities.

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

The Day Activities Coordinator will be a qualified fully insured driver who will oversee transportation of service users to day services and outings. The role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

We offer great benefits, 27 days annual leave (pro rata), contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers and staff development and training opportunities.

A guaranteed interview scheme is in place for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 13th March 2019

If you are interested in this role please contact Independent Lives on 01903 219 482 to request an application pack or email [email protected]