Taking Control of Your Life


A woman speaking at a co-production group meeting. She is holding a microphone and a piece of paper which reads ‘I would like to socialise more.’ We know that a lot of disabled people find it difficult to access the services and resources they need to help them live the life they want to live. That’s where our Taking Control of Your Life (TCOYL) project comes in. 

TCOYL has two parts to it:  

  • 1-1 advice service  
  • Coproduction network: a group of disabled people who meet every two months to challenge the barriers in health and social care. 

What can our advice service do for you? 

 Our team of advisers can generally help you with most things that relate to your disability, such as:  

  • You want to reach a certain goal in life – for example, start your own business, open a bank account, or move out for the first time – but you are finding it difficult to achieve this goal because of disability related barriers.  
  • You need help to identify what support is available to you, in the community and nationally. This could include help to access social care, benefits advice, or other services like accessible cooking classes or a gym.   
  • You need help to obtain items and services related to your disability – like assistive technology or therapeutic massages – that you cannot afford without some financial aid.  

You must either study, work or live in Tower Hamlets and be above the age of 14. If we are unable to help, we will signpost or refer you to an alternative service that can.  

Two smiling volunteers at a Real steering group meeting.

Ready to book an appointment? 

To get help with a problem or arrange an informal chat with one of our advisers, please contact us:  

Email: TCOYL@real.org.uk 

Phone: 020 7001 2184 or 020 7001 2188. 

Text/ WhatsApp: 07305811946 or 07458 304616.  

 What have we previously helped our clients with?  

Over the years, we have helped our clients with a wide range of different issues, including: 

  • Applications for charitable grants.  
  • Personal health budgets. 
  • Finding volunteering opportunities.  
  • Digital inclusion – i.e., learning how to use digital communication technologies like Zoom for the first time.  

Staff at Real have lived experience of disability, so we can use our lived experience to think creatively about how you can achieve your goals. We accept referrals from professionals and self-referrals.   



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