At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Human rights
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care
  • Training / employment support
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


NDTi has been working with communities, government, health and social care professionals for 25 years to ensure that people with disabilities of all ages are given choice and control over their own lives.

We make change happen by celebrating what’s possible, supporting changemakers and building self-determination.  Our work always focuses on wider life outcomes.  We want disabled and older people to enjoy the same life course and opportunities as everyone else – education, paid work, a place of their own, fulfilling personal relationships and a chance to contribute to their communities.

Our vision

At the heart of everything we do is our belief in a society where all people, regardless of age or disability, are valued and able to live the life they choose.

We believe that all people should have choice and control over their own lives, that their human rights be respected and that they are valued as equals.

Our vision is shared by our members, board, staff, associates and the people who fund or 

We promote good lives for all people in their communities by supporting changemakers, resetting expectations, tackling problems and celebrating what’s possible.  We have a unique offer in the health and social care sector that spans policy development, consultancy, demonstration (or test and learn) programmes, training, research and evaluation.  We work to fundamentally reset expectations and trigger the important conversations needed to raise people’s aspirations.

Through working with and listening to our partners, who include self-advocacy groups, carer and family networks, we put people’s voices at the centre of everything we do. We work to ensure that people who risk being excluded have the same opportunities as everyone else. Partnership, co-creation and sharing learning are central to NDTi’s philosophy.


Our work is funded through direct commissions from national and local organisations, partnership funding and through grants from charitable trusts and other grant giving bodies.

Our core activities include:

  • Development and change management support - delivering what is effectively consultancy to organisations to help people make real local change
  • Research and evaluation - generating evidence on what works and does not work to support replication of best practice and generate new knowledge to improve understanding of complex issues
  • Personal development – development, learning and training to help individuals work in new ways, including leadership development and mentoring programmes
  • Policy influence - shaping public debate through work with government and national and local stakeholders
  • Demonstrating excellence - supporting people and organisations to show what is possible in terms of achieving better outcomes for people
  • Dissemination - through conferences, publications, social media etc., sharing our knowledge and evidence of how to achieve better outcomes for people.

In addition to delivering work to meet the needs of our funders and clients, we ensure that wider lessons and impacts are shared to ensure that those for whom the work is really designed secure better life chances and outcomes from the services designed to support them.

Our portfolio of work focuses on achieving positive change through four themes:

Promoting equal life chances - Our work always focuses on wider life outcomes. We want to ensure that disabled and older people have the same life opportunities as their fellow citizens: paid work, a place of their choosing to live, fulfilling personal relationships and the chance to contribute to their community.

Ensuring people’s voices are heard - We put people’s voices at the centre of every action we take and every change we help to make. We give disabled and older people a strong voice in all of the decisions and changes that affect their lives: from their own personal support services to wider questions of community and public policy.

Rethinking service design - We promote services and support options that centre on the person rather than the process, and provide better outcomes at the same or lower cost.

Changing how organisations work - We help organisations break down the barriers between services and the people they serve, empowering individual voices to articulate their own desired outcomes and putting people and communities at the centre.

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