The Barrow & District Disability Association is a self-help disability charitable organisation for disabled people, their families and carers and for professionals interested in their welfare. It was established 40 years ago and it currently has over 2500 registered members. We house a wide range of activities and services in our disability friendly centre, for the betterment of disabled people such as: Disablement Advice and Benefits Service (DABS), Community Learning and Skills, Disability Access Advice, Volunteering, Community Café, Social Activities and Short-term wheelchair loan service.
Where we are
We are located in the town centre of Barrow in Furness; Barrow Borough has a population of 66,269 of which 24.8% (national average 10-12%) have a disability or long-standing medical condition that greatly affects their lives (Population Census 2011). Barrow has a proud history of shipbuilding and other industries, it is a close knit community, this industrial history has contributed to medical problems such as Asbestosis, Industrial Deafness, Mesothelioma and many more.
Barrow in Furness is ranked as the most deprived district in Cumbria with lower life expectancy than other areas within the County, and fails within the 10% most deprived nationally.