Our building at 336 Brixton Road is home to the Working Group of the Lambeth Centre for Independent Living (CIL). CILs aim to support and empower disabled people to be equal citizens with independence, choice, control, rights and full participation in economic, social and cultural life. They use the ‘social model of disability’ to identify disabling attitudes and barriers, and work to remove them. CILs are voluntary organisations that are developed, managed and controlled by disabled people. There are a number of CILs already running in other parts of the country.
The working group of the Lambeth CIL includes disabled people and disabled people’s organisations. The group was established in 2010 and carried out an extensive consultation programme with disabled people to find out if they wanted a CIL in Lambeth, and if so what kind. The result of that consultation demonstrated widespread support for establishing a CIL in Lambeth.
Since then, the working group has been developing a number of projects. In 2013 its main focus is on working with a range of partners to arrange a programme of events to celebrate UK Disability History Month in Lambeth. This will be between 22nd November and 22nd December. Several of the events planned will take place at the Accord Centre. Find out more from the DASL website at http://www.disabilitylambeth.org.uk/dasl/involvement/a-uk-disability-history-month-2012/
For more information about getting involved in the CIL or to add your name on the distribution list for updates/newsletters please contact:
David Strong (Disability Advice Service Lambeth)
Tel: 020 7642 0040
One Stop Information Shop for Disabled People
In May 2012 the CIL Working Group launched its first service, a One Stop Shop for disabled people. This aims to provide:
- Information and initial advice to deal with a wide range of enquiries from disabled people, older people and carers
- Liaison with organisations within the Centre to refer clients for advice / advocacy / casework appointments where needed
- Specialist information and advice sessions provided by voluntary and statutory partners
- Internet access for members of the public to search for their own information
- Regularly updated ‘what’s on’ information of interest to disabled people
The One Stop Shop is actively looking for volunteers, particularly disabled people, for more information go to http://www.london.gov.uk/node/13294