Group of the Week: Independent Living Association Forth Valley

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If there is one thing the London 2012 Olympics taught us it’s that being disabled doesn’t mean you can’t do things able-bodied people can do.

While people with disabilities make an equally valid contribution to society, it’s reassuring to know they can get help when they need it.

The Independent Living Association Forth Valley (ILA) helps disabled people deal with their direct payments and other disablement issues through a dedicated user-led support group.

Direct payments allows disabled people to arrange their own care, instead of relying on social services provision, a service many say offers those with disabilities a better quality of life.

The local ILA hosts a drop-in cafe in Falkirk’s Forth Valley Sensory Centre. The group is not just for disabled people, but also welcomes anyone with an interest in disability issues.

The meetings are usually informal and can be just about a chat over a cuppa with some company, or they can be used to help anyone with advice and support. Invited speakers also go along to entertain the friendly members and talk about a variety of subjects. New members and volunteers are always welcome.

WHO: Independent Living Association (ILA)

where: Forth Valley Sensory Centre

WHEN: First Thursday of the month, 12.30 p.m.

CONTACT: Elma Farquhar (01324) 625097.

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or call (01324) 690249.