Our Work

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Providing grants to people of all ages who have a physical or learning disability or long term illness and who are in financial need.


Independence at Home is a charity that provides grants to people of all ages who have a physical or learning disability or long term illness and who are in financial need.

This financial help enables them to obtain mobility and disability equipment, home adaptations and other essential items to make an immediate, practical and positive effect on daily life at home.

The charity was founded in October 1965. Since then the grants have improved independence and freedom for over 40,000 people from all parts of the UK. A grant could be towards.

  • A powered wheelchair, improving mobility in and around the home and in the local community
  • A riser-recliner chair, to be able to sit comfortably and go from sitting to standing more easily
  • A wet room, to be able to have a shower independently and safely

Independence at Home’s grants vary between £200 and £600 and depend on the item of equipment purchased or building work carried out. The average grant is £300. You can download a copy of our brochure with case histories of some of the people that we have supported. Click here.



Meet our Trustees


David Astor

David Astor is the son of the founder, John Astor. He became Chairman of the Charity in 1997. David has worked in the financial services industry since joining Kleinwort Benson in 1982. From 1993 he managed equity funds at Fox-Pitt Kelton which were sold to Hiscox, the insurance company, in 2002 where he currently serves as Chief Investment Officer. He is a Director of Polar Capital Funds Plc and Hiscox Pension Trustees Limited.


David Astor

Financial Services

Lord Astor

“I am delighted and honoured to become Patron of IAH. I was a great admirer of and worked frequently with the previous patron, Lord Ashley, on issues associated with independent living for the long term sick and disabled. I have also of course long been aware of the charity’s work and the role played by my uncle, John Astor, in setting it up. It therefore gives me particular pleasure to lend my support to such a worthy cause.”


Lord Astor

Member of the House of Lords



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