This page links to the 23 interviews we conducted for this project.
Please click on a photograph of an interviewee to listen to the interview.
“If not for KCIL I wouldn’t have got anywhere, I wouldn’t have known what to do. People treat you very
“In our minds we set independent living up thinking this would not be a pilot for very long, that it
“I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of inspiring people that have had to deal with a lot more so,
“I would go out and meet people because I wanted them to come to Eye Contact. I didn’t want them
“Well it’s difficult isn’t it because you don’t know you’re visually impaired until you compare with other people what they
“Wes was always known as Wes, and a lot of people say they forgot about the wheelchair because Wes didn’t
“I got involved in the disability movement, not because I wanted to or because I felt it was all I
“The only way we’re going to move forward is by making sure we respect and listen to our colleagues, but
“I suppose it’s just listening that’s the most important thing. Sometimes we haven’t got an answer for something but just
“Trying to make a difference in the Borough. I’ve never been frightened of talking to whoever it may be and
“Well I was terrified because I’d never done anything like that before, and thinking of employing people, oh it was
“It doesn’t come as second nature to people to consider people with impairments. In some cases you do have to
“Independence really means supporting you to live the way you want, rather than the way some medical minded people might
“We had a meeting to discuss how the service could be more flexible, because finishing at 10pm, people didn’t want
“When I got there…I mean it had a real pastoral role, and I’m glad to say it…still continues to this
“With Andrew, he and I have a terrific understanding between us. He has a very clever way of putting words
“To have the kind of boundless energy to take those kind of disappointments and setbacks and still keep fighting…seeing more
“Without it, I don’t know what I would have done. It’s been a godsend, it really has. When you’re an
“Rachel needs to be stimulated and be active, to feel cared for. And the only way you can achieve that
“We needed to ensure a degree of equality between those who wished to join the scheme, and other service users.
“I knew as soon as I met them, they were women who made it happen. They had a clear vision