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Social Activities and Inclusive Art

Can you make a donation to help us to resource our workshops, which are free for older and less able people?

GFI has set up a new service providing art and craft workshops and 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 or a sensory impairment. See our wish list and follow developments on our Inclusive Art page.

Our new project is Big Lottery Funded!  See the information about our new Social Activities Project for 2018.
We would also like to acknowledge recent donations towards the costs of our activities by the Freemasons in Hartlepool and the engineering company Sabic

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. 



Providing services for individuals, groups and professionals

  • Going For Independence (GFI) specialises in:
  • -   Providing information and advice on independent living
  • -   Specialist training for organisations
  • -   Community Social and Leisure Activity sessions
  • -   Inclusive Art
  • -   Consultancy Services - Research and Development

-   Linking to Independent OTs  

-   Identifying local services for people

  • 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.


    Providing advice and information about specialist equipment and adaptations is therefore of interest to the population as a whole, for all age groups – 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, maximising their quality of life.

Our mission is to help people to recognise the value of occupation and meaningful activity and to be motivated to live life to the full.

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. 


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



See our News page for the latest GFI developments

Volunteer with us - read more here
Read about falls prevention and download a copy of Making your home safe.

See our new Inclusive Art Department - January 2017
Read about the new Clear Needs New Ideas tool

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"GFI were really helpful and gave us the information we needed."

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Contact us for more information about Going For Independence:

32 Marshall Drive
TS12 2RD

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