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Equal Lives Suffolk

Unit 7, IP-City Centre 1 Bath Street Ipswich Suffolk IP2 8SD Ipswich IP2 8SD
Phone: 01473 603876

We unite people of all ages in Norfolk and Suffolk who face disabling barriers to get their voices heard and create positive changes. We also support people through our services and activities to live more independently and have choice and control in their lives.

Our Information, Advice and Advocacy Service is available to people with mental ill health and disabled people. We have knowledge and expertise in a range of areas including:

  • Welfare rights and disability benefits
  • Mental health
  • Personal finances
  • Access to health and support services
  • Assessment of social care needs
  • Care planning and personal budgets
  • Other issues related to disability and employment

People can contact us directly, or ask someone else to do this on their behalf. This could include partners, relatives, carers or other professionals.

People can access our service in different ways including by telephone, text, through our website or through one of our ‘drop in’ Information and Advice sessions in their local community.

Independent living is about ensuring you have the choice, control and responsibility over your life. Equal Lives can support, advise and provide information with the following services – whether you are receiving a funding from Norfolk or Suffolk County Council or funding your own support!

Equal Lives – Support Services

  • Payroll Service
  • Supported Account Service
  • Employment Service
  • PA Register
  • Support Planning

Activities, Projects and Membership

We involve our membership and others in a wide range of activities that bring people together and help achieve equal lives.

The types of projects and activities we do include:

  • Hate Crime Campaigners, raising awareness of hate crime
  • Working with health and social care to shape services
  • ‘Mystery shopping’ buses, cafes and restaurants
  • Youth forum, for young people aged 14-25…

and much more!

We encourage you to become a member as a way of being kept update on what we, our member groups and others are doing. It is important that we join together to protect our rights and strive for equality, a collective voice is stronger than a voice alone.

As a member, you can:

  • get involved in projects or campaigns
  • share your experiences and make a difference
  • meet new people and learn from others
  • be kept up to date on the latest news and useful information

Equal Lives Suffolk cover both Suffolk and Norfolk, and have a local office.