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Disability Initiative

Independent Living

Independent living means different things to different people. It is about having choice and control over everyday life and overcoming barriers.

Activities at DI are designed to help individuals gain confidence and make their own decisions, take control to make informed choices and build relationships. We have fully adapted kitchens and personal care facilities suitable for both ambulant and wheelchair clients and have a wide range of equipment to make life easier.

We have full access to the local town centre with its large range of bustling shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. Additionally we are close to all transport systems including train and bus networks.

As a client at DI some of the Independent Living activities we offer include:-

Cooking for Independence

Learn how to cook when you live independently. Improve your confidence in the kitchen and practice different methods of food preparation. Look at how to use kitchen equipment safely and effectively and try out various aids.

Easy Cooking

Learn 'Back to Basics' cooking, health and safety within the home and the dos and don'ts of food hygiene. Prepare and cook basic meals that can be eaten at DI or taken home. Learn how to plan, and cook meals on a budget.

Planning for Social Events

Gain the strategies and skills needed to plan for the many social events we experience in our lives such as holidays, outings, family get-togethers, dinner parties or major purchases etc.

Managing Home Budget

Practical, hands on activity for those who want to get more understanding and control over their home budget. You will explore different strategies for managing your money, monitoring your spending and saving. This activity is aimed at those who already have some involvement in home budgeting or are planning to take more control of their own money in the future.

Community Access and Route Habituation

Improve your confidence with road safety, environmental awareness and route orientation, accessing the local community and the use of public transport etc. Support provided as required.