Improving Lives Plymouth

Supporting people to improve their quality of life. We provide support to thousands of local people each year through information, advice and practical support.
See how we make a difference here.

About Us

As a long established organisation, working within the city of Plymouth and the surrounding area, we have an excellent track record of delivering services and developing new ones to meet the needs of individuals and community and voluntary organisations.

Improving Lives Plymouth runs information, advice and support services for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. We also help prospective volunteers find interesting and rewarding volunteering opportunities and support organisations to provide good quality volunteering programmes.

Improving Lives Plymouth currently has 50 paid staff and over 100 volunteers across our services.

Read the support that the Caring for Carers has given to one of their service users by clicking on: Helen Motteaux - A Carers Beginning

Who we helped last year

  • 2,845 opportunities in the community were matched with 1,119 local volunteers by Volunteer Plymouth.
  • 6,000 Plymouth people used DIAC (Disability Information and Advice Centre) and the Advice Plymouth Drop In.
  • 2000 people were supported by the Hearing and Sight Centre with information, advice and other support for independent living.
  • 82 members with learning disabilities attended Ridleys 4,108 times over the year, attended 3,145 workshops and received 554 one-to-one sessions.
  • 184 people with long term health conditions attended our Long-term Condition Self-Management courses.
  • 607 people with learning disabilities and/or mental health engaged with our Active for Life services.
  • 6,000 carers were supported in a variety of ways by our Plymouth Carers Hub.

We are based in two main locations in Plymouth in the city centre and Mannamead.