What we do and why we do it

Two people, one in a wheelchair, enjoying a walk at Seven RiversWe know everyone wants different things — what’s right for one person may not be right for another. When our founder launched our manifesto nearly 70 years ago, he was ambitious for change, to help create a society in which everyone can contribute fully. And today, we remain just as aspirational.

There has never been a greater need for us to do the work we do, because it is just as relevant today as it was then. With social care and welfare seeing continued cuts, now more than ever, people need care and support that they can rely on. That’s why we campaign to end 15-minute care visits, which force people to make choices they shouldn’t have to make.

That’s why what we do is so vital, in the UK, and internationally.

In the UK, we are one of the largest voluntary sector providers of social care services for disabled people. We continue to make sure people’s needs are at the heart of what we do.

Through programmes like Future Choices, we listen to every single person who uses our services, to find out how we can support people to fulfil their ambitions.

We also do this through Can Do, our flagship volunteering programme, funded thanks to the generous support of our donors and volunteers. By creating exciting new opportunities for young disabled people to volunteer in their community, we aim to reach an even wider audience.

And internationally, we have developed a new five-year strategy that seeks to double our impact, enrich lives and promote independence for more than 100,000 people with disabilities across Africa and Asia.

In these challenging times, our work will continue to adapt and grow, according to what people tell us they need — whether it’s suitable housing, accessible transport, appropriate benefits or jobs. Because it’s only by understanding and listening to the needs of each person as an individual we’ll achieve our goal: a society in which every person is equally valued.