about wilf

Wandsworth Independent Living Forum was formally established as a non-registered charity at its first Annual General Meeting in June 2011 WILF is led and managed by a Management Committee (Board of Trustees) comprising 12 people. We have a growing membership of deaf and disabled people, carers and representatives from organisations working with deaf and disabled people.

To find information on the wide range of member organisations actively supporting the work of WILF please visit our Member Organisations page by clicking on this link.

WILF's Vision

WILF seeks to be the voice of disabled people in Wandsworth, promoting awareness, independence, choice, empowerment and mutual support.

wilf's mission

Through partnership with other organisations and exchange of information, our mission is to deliver:

  • Promotion of self directed support (direct payments and individual budgets)
  • Provision of independent help and advice, local knowledge of sources of information; signposting and routing enquiries to relevant bodies and organisations
  • Advocacy; counselling, mediation services, direct payments services and benefits issues; accessibility and rights issues; training

We will also develop and deliver training programmes for disability issues and human rights and hold meetings on disability related topics.

WILF's work is co-ordinated by a core group of Trustees with the assistance of volunteers.

WILF has:

  • Set up a peer support service for disabled people to access personal budgets; assisting with completion of forms and giving support or advice
  • Through regular independent living information hubs at accessible venues around the borough, become a signposting/referral route - providing information about services, facilities, organisations locally and nationally

In the near future wilf will:

  • Set up a volunteer training programme
  • Hold a series of training events for professionals and service users
  • Share information among membership via e-mail, website and newsletters
  • Campaign on issues directly related to disabled people in Wandsworth
  • Hold a series of events on disability-related topics

For more information please visit our NEWS page by clicking on this link.

membership is easy:

Anyone over the age of 18 who is deaf and/or disabled, and living, working or studying in the borough of Wandsworth, and/or their carer is eligible to be a voting member of WILF. Voting membership is also open to representatives from organisations in the borough working with deaf and/or disabled people.

Non-voting members are those who are interested in WILF's work but do not define themselves as disabled.

Membership is free!

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