Birthday bash

Incontrol-able members and guests gathered to celebrate the fifth birthday of the project.
Incontrol-able members and guests gathered to celebrate the fifth birthday of the project.

DIRECTORS and service users at a Hartlepool-based project for disabled people have celebrated their 5th birthday.

Incontrol-able is a disabled people user-led organisations based in the Centre for Independent Living, in Burbank Street, Hartlepool, which aims to empower disabled people to live more independently.

The organisation was registered in October 2008 and started delivering services in May the following year.

To celebrate how far Incontrol-able has come the directors decided to hold a birthday celebration party and invited service users, commissioners, and officials from Hartlepool Borough Council.

Michael Slimings, one of four directors at Incontrol-able, said: “It is not what we do, or how we do it, but why we do it.

“We deliver services that empower disabled people, affording them more choice and control in their lives and we wanted to celebrate with the people that have helped us.

“Incontrol–able was created to be different, enabling people with different abilities to achieve their goals and to support people to fulfil their potential.

“We provide person-centred support at a level that is appropriate to their needs.

“We are a developing user-led organisation actively looking to attract more disabled people to assist us in delivering our services.”

Incontrol-able aims to promote the human and civil rights of disabled people and they have four strategic aims.

To support individual disabled people to achieve independent living, to facilitate volunteering and peer support opportunities for individual disabled people, to influence the local community to remove barriers for disabled people and to continually work to embed good practice in the organisation through developing “excellent governance, robust management and a strong commitment” to equality of opportunities.

For more information about the organisation visit