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General E-Newsletter July 2017

Thanks for reading July’s edition of our e-newsletter. It’s coming to you a little later than usual this month as last week we were all very busy on the annual Independent Lives away day!Image of Gareth Shephard, Communications Assistant
If you’d like to see what we got up to, then take a look at our Facebook and Twitter pages at the bottom of the e-news, there’s never been a better time to give us a like or a follow!
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General E-Newsletter 28 June 2017

At Independent Lives, we’re continuously looking for ways to improve the service we provide to our customers by constantly listening and adapting to feedback.Image of Gareth Shephard, Communications Assistant

As a result, this will be the last general e-news published on a fortnightly basis – going forward it will be published monthly, on the last Wednesday of every month.

As always, if you’d like to get in touch with us about the e-news, please contact us by emailing 

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When is a chair not a chair?

The following post was written and submitted by guest blogger, Penny.

Here’s one for you…
Q. When is a chair not a chair?
A. When they’re a wheelchair user!

Not laughing? No, neither were my son Dan and I (pictured below) when he was once again addressed as an article of furniture, rather than a human being, on a recent day out. Dan is 17 and has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, so he uses a power wheelchair full time and, while most people engage with us very well, there is unfortunately the odd exception. Continue reading “When is a chair not a chair?”

General E-Newsletter 14 June 2017


Image of Gareth Shephard, Communications AssistantIn this week’s e-news, there’s information on Carers Week and how you can get involved, as well as a very positive development from last week’s general election.

We also look an exciting project which aims to uncover the last 800 years of disability in the UK, as well as providing some information on our Care Certificate workbooks. 

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