The Limbless Association (LA) is a national charity that has been supporting amputees across the UK for over 35 years. As a user led membership organisation, the LA aims to help amputees and their families with practical and emotional support, both pre- and post-amputation with a range of services.
The charity's vision is of a world where amputees of all ages are not disadvantaged by their disability but are able to achieve rehabilitation and independence in hospital, home, education, employment and the community. Our mission is to support and empower all amputees to lead independent and fulfilled lives.
The LA provides the following core services: - The LA Helpdesk providing information and signposting for people living with limb loss and their families, outreach support sessions, peer mentoring through its Volunteer Visitor Network, group peer support opportunities with its Support and Connect Hubs and access to expert Legal Advice (LA Limb Loss Legal Panel) in the event of an amputation related claim. Our quarterly magazine StepForward, our e-newsletter and strong social media presence keep our members and wider stakeholders connected and informed about key sector topics and all things LA.
Our members and the amputees we support are friends for life and many progress to giving their support in return through awareness-raising, fundraising or participating in our Volunteer Visitor scheme - a truly continuous circle of support.
`You`re a member of a very special club when you have an amputation. Every next step is a target; when you`re in hospital, the target is to get home. When you`re at home the target is to get moving again. I saw an LA Volunteer Visitor in hospital and she helped me to not feel sorry for myself. She gave me inspiration to move forward and gave me something to aim for.`