Our Vision and Values
What we do, and how we do it, is driven by our underpinning values and beliefs:
- We are all different, equal and valuable.
- Access to housing and services in the community of your choice should not be determined by financial circumstances.
- Services should be delivered with a person-centred approach, ensuring that individuals’ expressed preferences are taken into account.
- Older people have a right to participate fully in society – to be in the mainstream.
- Older people should have the right to housing, services and facilities to enable independent living.
“Independent Living” means having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens – at home, at work and in the community. It does not necessarily mean living alone or fending for yourself. It means the right to appropriate housing, practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life. We also believe that older and disabled people are disabled by the barriers they face in and around their environment, and by attitudes and assumptions, rather than by their impairments. This is often called the social model of disability.