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Leonard Cheshire Disability
History and Background

Leonard Cheshire Disability exists to change attitudes to disability and to serve disabled people around the world. Our principal activity in the UK is the provision of services in support of disabled people in the widest context. These services include care homes, supported living, domiciliary support, day services, resource centres, rehabilitation, respite care, personal support and training and assistance for those looking for work.

We operate in all parts of the UK and are the largest voluntary sector provider of care and support services for disabled people.
Campaigning for the civil and human rights of disabled people is also a key activity for us. Our breadth of experience, knowledge and constituency of disabled people gives us a unique platform from which to engage in public debate and to campaign on the social policy and civil rights issues that have an impact on disabled people.

The empowerment of disabled people who use Leonard Cheshire Disability services across the organisation is another key activity, through the work of the Service User Networking Association. This seeks to empower individuals, giving a powerful voice to our service users, ensuring that they are involved in the governance of the organisation at all levels, and that the services and support the charity provides are meeting the needs of the disabled people who use them.

In the UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability operates through 10 geographic regions, seven in England and one each for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each region is guided by a committee, chaired by a trustee, with members comprising senior regional management, service users, staff representatives and representatives of the volunteer support groups in the region.

Each region and the services within it are managed professionally. The responsibilities delegated by the trustees to regional committees are set out in written terms of reference and guidelines are provided to the local and area volunteer support groups. These groups provide practical assistance to the disabled people using Leonard Cheshire Disability services, and fundraise on behalf of the charity.

Internationally Leonard Cheshire Disability has over 255 partners globally and is part of a Global Alliance of non-governmental organisations in 52 countries. It works though its six regional offices based in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean.

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