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 (ILS) 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 any of the pages below, then contact

Andrew Farrow (Peer Support Officer) – ILS & AoD Connect Project 

0203 080 0384 – andrew.farrow@actionondisability.org.uk

Yasmin Mian (Project Co-ordinator) – Disability Connect Westminster Project 

0203 080 0385 – yasmin.mian@actionondisability.org.uk

What is 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.

Disability Connect Westminster

This project supports deaf and disabled people between 18 and 60 years old who live in the borough of Westminster to access services and opportunities in the community Getting Out and About in the Community Supporting those who would like to build their confidence in travelling so they can pursue leisure and social activities they are interested in. Referring People to Appropriate Services Providing details of where people can access advice and information. Education and Training – Support with accessing training courses and help with enrolment and accessing any additional support needed. Peer Support Groups / Workshops An opportunity to meet other service users, share information and ideas and offer each other support. For More Information, Contact: Yasmin Mian – Project Co-ordinator 0203 080 0385 - 07825 373 859 -yasmin.mian@actionondisability.org.uk 

Direct Payments 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 

Community Champions Events – Mindfulness, Zumba, Yoga, Exercises


Below are some new Community Champion Groups / Activities in the borough that might be of interest to you. These are all events that you can simply just turn

Dealing with Spoofing Emails & Safe Internet Use


Recently there has been an increase in Spoofing / Spam / Phishing emails requests for Money Transfers / Confirming Security Details. Some have other requests in addition to containing

Seated, Resistance Bands & Whole Body Workouts to Try at Home


Below are some more Seated, Chair Based, Resistance Band and Light Exercises that you could try dong at home. Always Remember to read the safety guidelines and tips in

Disability Rights UK / CQC ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ Partnership


Disability Rights UK have extended our partnership with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to gather feedback from disabled people about their experience of health services and social care, via CQC’s ‘Tell

Sing Along and Music Sessions with Fulham Good Neighhbours


As part of JOY, a new strand to Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Fest, Fulham Good Neighbours has been invited to take part in singing and music workshops for local

Try this Five Minute Wake Up Workout


Start your day feeling on top of the world with this five-minute bedroom workout combining strength and flexibility exercises. This routine from physiotherapist Nick Sinfield starts with some gentle in-bed tension-releasing stretches

Welfare Benefits Advice Drop-in Sessions – Every Wednesday


Doreen Taggart, Welfare Benefits Advisor for Action on Disability will holding Weekly drop-in sessions at: Location: Stephen Wiltshire Centre, Queensmill Road, Fulham, SW6 6JJ. Day:          Wednesday Mornings Times:

Sign a UK Parliament PIP E-Petition


The UK Parliament Website currently has a E-Petition that may affect anyone with a Disability or Long Term health Condition. About the Petition: Petition PIP should be administered and

The Listening Place in Westminster


Face to Face Support for those who feel life is no longer worth living This service is not just for Westminster Borough residents. What is The Listening Place? The

Get Involved with H&F CCG as Patients and have Your Voice Heard


H&F CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) http://www.hammersmithfulhamccg.nhs.uk/ would like to invite you, as people that access the Local NHS in some way, to get involved and have your voice heard.