Community Focused Business of the Year 2017 Finalist – Imagine Independance

lba17_cfb_imagine-independence_lorraine-buckley-resize-for-blogImagine Independence has made it into the finals for the great work they do with people who are disabled and are seeking voluntary work, work experience or even paid employment.

Imagine Independance is a charity with a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life. The team work together with people with mental health issues and other challenges so they can live a full and independent life.

Lorraine Buckley is Cumbria Employment Advisor for the Barrow area.  Many of the people she engages with have lots that they can contribute to their community and so she works with them to help them have secure good housing, employment, fulfilling leisure activities, good health and a respected place in society.  The service is tailored to each client and makes a huge difference in their lives and in some cases turned round the lives of people with no confidence, mental illnesses and disabilities.

Imagine Independence helps to support other local services including Barrow Adult Social Services, Barrow CMHT, Imagine Clients, Employment/Voluntary work Providers and Local Further Education Services.

One of the services users has says “The service has changed my life and I am now a confident individual with prospects that once I thought I’d never have.”




TEXT  LBA9 to 82055

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Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

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