About us

Established in 1996, Disability Equality NW is a user led disabled people’s organisation (DPO) providing a range of support services, events and activities to enable disabled people across the North West of England to live independently and be active in their local community.

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Our history

Our roots go back to 1992, but the charity began life as the Preston Information Project in July 1996. It was initially housed in an inaccessible, one-roomed, basement office located on the outskirts of Preston City Centre, with 1 member of staff, admin support, and just 2 volunteers.

Disability Equality NW Office

Present day

We’ve developed into a large, independent, user-led service that provides a range of services to address the individual’s needs using a holistic and person-centred approach. Our office is located in Preston City Centre, we have over 20 staff, and over 20 volunteers providing our services throughout the North West of England.

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Our mission

Our vision is a society in which all people – regardless of impairment – are valued, live full family, social and economic lives, and can access and actively take part in their local communities. Our strategic plan sets out our mission, and what we are actively doing to achieve this.

Group of Disability Equality NW staff and volunteers

Our trustees

Our fabulous team of Trustees keep us focused and guide us on our mission to supporting our community as best we can!

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The social model of disability

The social model of disability is our cornerstone, and we’ve integrated this throughout our services, which have arisen out of local community needs. We focus on the individual, on what they can do not what they can’t – and we provide the services our members have requested to support them.

Support us with a donation

If you would like to support us in our valuable work providing services, which enable local disabled people to play a full role in their communities, just donate – it’s simple and quick!

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