Vision, Mission and Charitable Objects The key motivation for Leeds CIL’s Vision and Mission statements is an acknowledgement of the fact that in the UK many disabled and older people and families with disabled children are still not able to make the same choices as other citizens about where or how they live. We want to change this. We believe that disabled people have the right to lead an independent life in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006. The Leeds CIL Vision and Mission statements demonstrate a clear ambition to contribute social value to our City and beyond by promoting social inclusion for disabled and older people and families with disabled children, and by providing practical support and services that meet that outcome. Disabled people created the CIL model on which our services are based and reducing dependency on segregated services is a crucial aspect of this model. We ensure that our customers can choose to use mainstream services and facilities and can be active citizens, carrying out the social roles that have often been denied to disabled people in the past, such as being a parent, friend, student, volunteer and/or employee. When disabled people carry out these roles families and communities benefit from their involvement and they become role models for disabled children. The Vision & Mission statements have and will continue to play a central role in Leeds CIL's operations and in meeting our charitable objects. Leeds CIL Vision 'To ensure that all disabled and older people in Leeds can choose where they live and how they live'. Leeds CIL Mission 'To be the gateway to Independent Living for disabled and older people and families with disabled children in Leeds, guiding people to the support and services that they can use to achieve their goals'. Leeds CIL Charitable Objects To promote social inclusion for the public benefit among disabled and older people who are or may be socially excluded due to disability or age by: meeting and facilitating the support needs of disabled and older people; promoting and increasing the opportunities for independent living available to disabled and older people; assisting disabled and older people to make choices and access the services and support they may require to live independently in the community with appropriate support; supporting and empowering disabled and older people so that they may carry out social roles (for example, without limitation, parent, employee, student, friend and partner); and otherwise preventing the social exclusion of disabled and older people.