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Social Activities 

Following our successful project which finished in 2018, GFI is applying for funding from the Big Lottery to run more social activities in 2019. We will not know if we are successful for a few months yet, however we are hopeful that we can continue our work in the community.

Social Prescribing - our services are available for access by health professionals wishing to offer social prescriptions. Contact GFI by email at or call 01287 204204 for more information. Read more here. 

Across-the-Board Games

Click on the link to read about this new development supported by GFI.

We had a great party at the end of our project

Thank you to the Big Lottery Awards for All for funding our 2018 Social Activities project. We have just had our end of grant party for the participants in our social activities for the Blind and visually impaired and it was a roaring success! .

Follow the link to read all about it.

 Workshops in the community

GFI has set up a new inclusive service providing social activities for people who love to be creative but find they are not generally able to access local art and craft classes because of a loss of mobility, a sensory impairment or other health issues. We can run sessions  for groups of up to 12. If you are interested in asking us to run these workshops for your client group in your organisation or residential home please contact us for more information on Email: or ring us on 01287 204204.

See our wish list for resources and f
ollow developments here.

We would also like to acknowledge recent donations towards the costs of our activities by the Rotary Club in Redcar, the Freemasons in Hartlepool and the engineering company Sabic.

Providing services for individuals, groups and professionals

  • Going For Independence (GFI) specialises in providing:
  • -   Information and advice on independent living
  • -   Social Prescription service - Arts and Crafts for                     wellbeing
  • -   Specialist training for organisations
  • -   Community Social and Leisure Activity sessions
  • -   Inclusive Art workshops for specialist groups
  • -   Consultancy Services, Research and Development

-   Links to Independent OTs  

-   A free service Identifying local support organisations

  • Many people will be affected by a loss of mobility or sensory impairment at some time in their lives, either directly through accident, illness or injury, or through the experience of a close relative or friend. People can become isolated and disengaged from their communities as they age or develop a long term condition.


    Providing advice and information about specialist equipment and adaptations is therefore of interest to the population as a whole, for all age groups,and we provide a range of social activities in the community to help to reduce isolation. GFI can help you to find the networks and services you need in your local area. 

Our aim is for people to be empowered to live life to the full and to stay independent, with choice and control over their lives.

Our mission is to help people to recognise the value of occupation and meaningful activity and to be motivated to engage with their communities.

Independent Living Centres

Follow this link to find an Independent Living Centre near you, listed with their contact details around the UK. These centres provide impartial information and advice on equipment and adaptations and other local services. 

Consultancy and Partnership working

GFI has a wealth of experience in research and development focusing on independent living, equipment and adaptations and on assisting charities and social enterprises with their not-for-profit business models and fund raising.  See our page on Consultancy services. 

GDPR- General Data Protection Regulations 2018
GFI has a GDPR policy in place covering the data privacy of any information we may hold relating to the people we work with.

Contact GFI for more information about our services by telephone on 01287 204204 or email



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See our new Inclusive Art Department - January 2017
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