County-wide scheme matches

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Disabled people and carers in Lincolnshire can now be ‘matched’ thanks to a new website, which also helps both groups to search and apply for jobs.

Lincolnshire Independent Living (LIL) helps carers and disabled residents who are looking for work, and helps disabled users employ carers based on ability and similar interests.

LiL is a user-led organisation and its chairman Iggy Patel said: “Disabled people have a lot of skills and knowledge to offer in the community and we urge everyone to work together to help improve their lives and play an active role in society wherever possible.

“By using resources such as this new website more intelligently, we can help take some of the strain in the current economic climate.”

www.lincolnshireindependentliving.org.uk will also provide up-to-date information on what’s happening in the disability world locally, regionally and nationally, along with details on recent changes to the welfare benefits system.

Lincolnshire County Council’s adult care department has supported LiL. Head of policy and development Richard Collins said: “This site provides a number of superb opportunities to further improve the quality of life, both for disabled people and their carers in Lincolnshire.

“It also includes guides on how to manage your own direct payments and employing people, so we really encourage everyone to make the most of these and other activities offered by LiL which we’re proud to support.”

Disabled people looking for carers and carers looking for work can also advertise on the site’s carers’ board. LiL is also offering to post specific items from the site’s users wherever possible.