Helping disabled people live an independent life in West Sussex

A WORKSHOP in Billingshurst has been designed to help support independent living for disabled people.

The Billingshurst Community Centre is hosting an afternoon of learning, information and networking on Wednesday (October 1) from 1pm-5.30pm.

Independent Lives, a West Sussex-based charity, is working with people with disabilities, care needs and caring responsibilities to create personal solutions for independent living.

The charity said figures from the Office of Disability Issues showed more than a quarter of disabled people said they did not frequently have choice and control over their daily lives.

There are four free workshops open to guests:

- Disability Hate Crime: co-hosted by Sergeant Peter Allan, Sussex Police and Independent Lives

- Social Media and Safety: hosted by Andy Blake, West Sussex County Council

- Benefits and you – with a focus on DLA/PIP & ESA: hosted by Disability Rights UK

- PA Induction Workbook: hosted by Independent Lives

There will also be an address from keynote speaker Bev Morgan, principal manager for adults’ safeguarding at West Sussex County Council, on the changes to safeguarding following the Care Act, followed by a drinks reception and refreshments at 5pm.

Philippa Thompson, chief executive of Independent Lives, said: “Recent years have been increasingly difficult for people with disabilities following service and budget cuts. This is a great opportunity to hear about the difference that we are making to disabled people’s lives and their ability to live independently with choice and control.”

To book a free place and register for the workshops contact Sophie Thompson at or telephone 01903 219482 ext 218.