Independent Living


Independent living means all disabled people having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, work and in the community. It does not necessarily mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.
It is about ensuring people of all ages are able to maintain their independence, and are able to access appropriate support when they need it.

What is Independent Living


What do we do?

The Independent Living Service aims to Enable Disabled People to make the most of the same rights and options as anyone else – creating a sense of Independence, Choice and Opportunities. We are here to create an accessible environment, give control over personal assistance, offer peer support, put people at the heart of decisions that affect them and build people’s self-confidence and motivation through positive actions. If you have any questions about anything you see on this page, then contact Andrew Farrow (Peer Support Officer) on 0203 080 384 -

Disability Forum

  We are a group of local disabled people who volunteer their time and expertise to make a better borough. We work hard to influence people who make policy in order to improve local services. Active groups include a planning group - we review and comment on planning applications to ensure local public places are accessible and well-designed for everyone. We're always open to offers of help - if you've a little time to give and a passion to make a difference you'd be welcome. Join us!

Disability Connect

This service works in Westminster with adults aged 18-55 who are Deaf or have a physical impairment. We help people run groups to enable people to support each other - peer support. As part of this we have developed a confidence building course - learn about your rights as a Deaf or disabled person and feel more confident about speaking up for yourself.

Peer Support

Peer Support is about people coming together to form peer support groups because they share a common experience or concern.   Some groups focus on information sharing and emotional support, others offer an opportunity to socialize and form friendships. Groups form and change according to the members' needs.
  • A peer support approach nurtures social support networks and supportive communities.
  • It gives each person valued input, equal involvement and shared responsibility for group tasks.
  • Everyone shares the common ground of the same issue, difficulty or experience, making everyone the same.
  • Each individual receives support but also offers support to others.
  • Participation enhances confidence and self-esteem, from the opportunity to help others and from accepting help.

Direct Payment Peer Support

A group for people accessing Direct Payments, enabling them to come together in a safe and comfortable space to talk and collectively:
  • Give and get basic support, problem solve and learn from each other
  • Share their knowledge and experience of receiving a direct payment.
  • Feel more confident asking for information or advice or challenging bad practice
  • Access regular guest speakers and organisations
Making the most of YOUR Direct Payments       

AoD Connect Project

What is AoD Connect? - A Peer Support Project for disabled people to become independent and confident 21st Century Citizens. Who is Eligible? - Anyone aged 18 or over with a disability or long term health condition. Project Purpose - Connecting disabled people to
  • Courses - such as confidence building, Knowing your rights & digital inclusion
  • Peer Support Groups - including interest or activity groups, such as IT, knitting, cooking or swimming
  • Common Experience Groups - such as health and wellbeing, coping with pain, access issues.
  • Social Activities in a range of venues. All of the groups - activities will be Peer-Led, chosen and facilitated by the participants
Improve your confidence, learn new skills - become a volunteer! Get in touch - come along and join in! Overcoming Barriers Together    

4 Useful Chair Exercise – Balance, Flexibility, Sitting, Strength

AoD’s Health and Wellbeing Club have re-produced a series of 4 Chair Based Exercises that are available on the NHS Choices Website ( Below you will find a Large

Grenfell Tower Online Appeal

In response to the recent devastating fire in Grenfell Tower I have been contacted and advised that the following Venues / Centres are no longer able to take donations

Looking after Your Mental Health Tips

Below and attached are some Really Useful PDF Guides that YOU may find useful in your busy day to day life. Remember: We all need to look after ourselves

Email Safety Tips & 10 Top Tips for Computer Beginners

if you’re New to using Email and Using a Computer / Laptop, Tablet then here are some Useful Tip that you could use to make your experience Online Safer

Check Out a New YouTube Channel called Interactive Mobility

AoD Connect (Peer Support Project) would like to Showcase a New YouTube Channel aimed at getting Disabled People and getting their Voices heard through Informative Videos. Below is a

TFL Brand New ‘Please Offer me a Seat’ Scheme is Now Live

TFL (Transport for London) have launched a new Badge and Card to help customers who are less able to stand, or just don’t feel comfortable about asking, get a

Brand New Back on Track Workshops for YOU – May to December 2017

AoD Connect – Peer Support Project, (part of Independent Living Service), are pleased to be working alongside the Back on Track Service to offer people a series of 8

Employer and PA Training Information Factsheets

We recently delivered a series of 9 monthly training session aimed at People in receipt of Direct Payments, living in H&F, and who are Employers who employ Personal Assistants

Are you 50+, Love Films, we have a New Monthly Film Club

  AoD Connect (Peer Support Project) have joined up Open Age to offer anyone 50+ a Monthly Film Club. So, let’s start with the basics Who’s Eligible? – Anyone

Do you have Sight Loss, Live in West London and want your Voice Heard?

Central West London Vision (CWL V) would like to invite people with Sight Loss to become an active member of our Evolving Committee / Group Who are Central West