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 - email@example.com
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 ConnectThis 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 is about people coming together
to form peer support groups because they share a common experience
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:
Making the most of YOUR Direct Payments
- 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
AoD Connect ProjectWhat is AoD Connect? -
A Peer Support Project for disabled people to become independent and confident 21st
Who is Eligible?
- Anyone aged 18 or over with a disability or long term health condition.
- 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