We are a pan-impairment disability charity, predominantly working in Brighton and Hove. We work with older people, younger people, people with long-term health conditions, those with physical or sensory impairments, as well as supporting people with mental health needs. Our vision is for a society where anything is possible regardless of ability.
Our services include;
Over 20% of UK adults are disabled, with this intersecting through every area of life. Our charity allows people to come to just one place to access multiple levels of support. Someone might come to us for support upon being discharged from hospital, and then end up taking benefits advice, hiring a mobility scooter, coming along to a GIG meeting, and accessing local lunch clubs through It's Local Actually.
Although you don't have to be disabled to work or volunteer for us, the majority of our staff and volunteers are disabled themselves, many of whom are also service users. As a user-led organisation we have direct experience of disability and work together to improve access for disabled people.
We are dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of disabled people, aiming to promote inclusivity, accessibility, and support for people across all impairment types. We work to the social model of disability, believing that barriers exist in society, and that if these barriers can be removed then disabled people can reach their full potential and enjoy equity.
We support disabled people directly, via the services described above, but we also work with local organisations and government bodies to increase disability awareness and confidence. We provide access audits for buildings and public areas and work closely with the local council to ensure that disabled people are taken into account during decision making. We offer disability confident training to local businesses, and further afield, and have previously been asked to speak nationally on best practice.
Disabled people are involved throughout our organisation, from our Trustees and Senior Leadership Team, continuing into our wider staff and volunteer teams.