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14th April 2015: SPECTRUM Launches “The Disability Manifesto” for this year’s General Election

In the lead up to this year’s General Election on 7th May, SPECTRUM has been working with our sister organisations across the South East of the UK to develop a Manifesto focused on the needs and aspirations of Disabled People.
We are delighted to be able to present you with a copy of this Disability Manifestowhich you can download here.
We hope this Disability Manifesto will help you to understand the issues that are important to Disabled People; and we hope it will enable you to talk to your prospective MP’s and Local Councillors on the issues that we feel are important to Disabled People in the lead up to the General Election.
We are also circulating the Disability Manifesto to local MP’s prospective candidates, and Local Councillors to encourage them to consider the issues and needs of Disabled People now and in the future.
We hope you find the Disability Manifesto interesting and informative.


FEBRUARY 2015: International recognition for SPECTRUM CIL’s User Led Organisation Project

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We are proud to announce that SPECTRUM CIL’s User Led Organisation Project, funded by Hampshire County Council, has won an award from the Essl Foundation/United Nations sponsored Zero Project, which held its annual awards ceremony and conference in Vienna in February 2015. We were one of 39 innovative practices recognised with an award and we showcased our ULO project at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna in February.

The Zero Project awards are made to organisations demonstrating innovative practices, which, in 2015, are focused on the theme of Independent Living and Political Participation. User Led Organisations (run and controlled by people who use local services) are at the heart of developments to extend community participation in decision making, both in Hampshire and nationally. The finalists were selected by an international panel of experts from a total of over 230 nominations from 58 different countries.

You can read SPECTRUM’s Zero Project ULO Project Presentation here

You can read the Zero Project 2015 report here

For more information about the User Led Organisation Project, see:

The Zero Project also recognised Disability Rights UK‘s innovative practices in relation to their self directed support helpline and platform on personalised care – See more at:


DECEMBER 2014: STOP PRESS – SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living has won the Overall Independent Living Initiative award at the 2014 Independent Living Awards run by Breakthrough UK. Baroness Jane Campbell DBE said ‘We need to recognise the important role of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO) in 2014, a time when independence for many is under threat. Over the last 30 years Spectrum CIL have played a pivotal role in delivering Independent Living opportunities and influencing social policy. They have grown and developed whilst always keeping true to their values and objectives.’. For more information about the awards, check out the Breakthrough UK awards page.


Thursday 6th November 2014: SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living celebrates its 30th anniversary. Formerly called Southampton Centre for Independent Living, the organisation has changed dramatically throughout the years and the new section of the website ‘SPECTRUM at 30′ is devoted to tracing that development, and the achievements we have made along the way.

Latest Blog Post – The SPECTRUM Effect - Read it now

SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living has just released its Annual Report for 2014. Download it now to find out what we have been up to over the past year and our exciting plans for the future.

SPECTRUM has a NEW Direct Payments Website.  Please visit for information and fact sheets on all aspects to do with Direct Payments and PA management.  Please bear in mind this site is still in its developmental stage.  If you feel there is any information missing, please contact us.