About

On this page you can read about our history and find links to…

  • Why do we do what we do? Find out what life can be like for the disabled and their carers and how the pandemic has disproportionately affected them.
  • Clients First – how we ensure our clients are at the centre of our services.
  • Our Charity Commission registration.
  • Our Management Committee – the trustees responsible for the charity.
  • Our policy on Equality, Inclusion & Diversity.
  • Our impact – how we benefit more than just individual clients.
  • Our funders – the organisations who support us and upon whom we depend to keep the free service running.
  • Our heroes – the volunteers and pro bono professionals prepared to give up their valuable time to help us out.
  • A story from the pandemic – how our experience helped us adapt to a “new normal” way of working.

Our history

Founded in 1985 DAS celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2020. Find out more about our history.

We work at the heart of the East Suffolk community supporting anyone with a disability related problem including their family carers. We provide free independent advice on welfare benefits (inc appeals representation); housing rights; adaptations to the home; accessible transport and leisure; employment and support for return to work; crisis intervention and our Listening Service. 15% of our clients live in Ipswich

It is our mission to build confidence, enabling those who live with disabilities to gain the same rights and quality of life opportunities as others.

Why do we do what we do?

Those who are born with a disability and those who acquire one through accident, illness or old age are disadvantaged in society compared to the rest of us in so many ways. You can review the context for our work – why we are needed – here or download a summary using the link below.

“Disabled people were hit harder than most by austerity. The benefit cuts combined with the narrative of who was deserving or undeserving of support left a constant climate of fear for many. This fear was on top of barriers – discrimination – already faced by disabled people in everyday life. It can break your trust in systems and people. It has caused profound social isolation for many. It makes it harder to communicate and connect socially to those who have not got lived experience of instability.” Becca Bunce, John Ellerman Foundation

Clients first

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do – read more here.

Charity commission registration

We have been a registered charity since 1998 and in 2013 we became a charitable incorporated organisation with the charity number 1152772.

You can read more about us on our entry on the Charity Commission website.

Management committee (trustees)

Read here the list of our trustees and key policies.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Find our here our approach to these important policies.

Our impact

Find out here how much good we do.

Our funders

Read here the list of the organisations who have kindly granted us funds.

Our heroes

Read here about all the people who work tirelessly for the cause…

A story from the pandemic – our “new normal”

How our experience during the pandemic led us to make changes that will have lasting value to clients and make us more resilient to future pandemics or similar disasters.