GAD - Greenwich Association of Disabled People


Established in 1975, Greenwich Association of Disabled People was one of the first Centres for Independent Living established in the UK.

Our mission is to be a force for positive change in society’s perception of disabled people, to support human rights for all disabled people and to be a source of empowerment for disabled people living, working or studying in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Run by deaf and disabled people, we have delivered numerous services for deaf and disabled people and their families to enable independence within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. In 2013 we started delivering services in the neighbouring boroughs.

We have a long history of evidence based campaigning for disability rights and access – our welfare rights work is often highlighted by Inclusion London when making representations to Government on policy matters.

Our Greenwich home

Greenwich is world famous as the traditional location of the Prime Meridian. The Prime Meridian runs through Greenwich and the Greenwich Observatory is where the designation Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT began, and on which all world times are based.

Greenwich was one of six host boroughs for the 2012 London Olympics and events were held at the Royal Artillery Barracks (Shooting),Greenwich Park (Equestrianism) and The O2 (Gymnastics; Basketball).

The borough lies along the south bank of the River Thames between Deptford and Thamesmead. It has an area of 5,044 hectares. Because of the bends of the river, its waterfront is as long as 8.5 miles. Travelling south away from the waterfront the borough takes in Shooters Hill in the east and Blackheath in the west stretching as far south as Eltham.

Greenwich is bounded by the London Boroughs of Bexley to the east, Bromley to the south, Lewisham to the west and across the River Thames to the north lie Tower Hamlets, Newham and Barking & Dagenham.