About Us

Choice in Hackney


Visions and Values:
CHOICE's vision is to empower all disabled people to have independence, control, and choice in how they run their lives.
Our Values:
Working to the Social Model of disability. The view that it is the way that society is run and organised that is the problem, NOT the individual disabled person.
Therefore, these barriers (environment, attitude, institution etc) must be removed so as to allow for full participation of disabled people.
Total equality relating to all aspects of life.
Inclusiveness. Which means having a say in how we run our lives: "nothing about us, without us"
Diversity. Valuing differences and seeing them as a collective strength


CHOICE was founded in 1992 and was originally funded for 3 years by the Inner City Partnership, One of the original founders, Caroline Nelson, is the current Director of CHOICEand leads a well-established and knowledgeable team.

Today CHOICE is a respected, innovative and effective organisation.

We are currently funded by:

London Borough of Hackney , City of London, City and Hackney MindSociete Generale, East End Community Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

User involvement is one of our key strengths as we believe strongly in the importance of users shaping the direction that our organisation takes; This has lead to the development of two new services in 2009: our Volunteer Service and Advocacy Training Employment Service.
These services continue to run successfully today.In 2014 we began offering Support Brokerage and Support Planning training, and we are now offering brokerage services to assist disabled people in developing support plans. 347 people used CHOICE services from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014.
CHOICE IN HACKNEY is still expanding today and will soon be offering even more training and other services to disabled people. Board of Trustees CHOICE'S Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation.
The Director of CHOICE is responsible for the day-to-day management of the association. The majority;of our board members are disabled people and service users.
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the work that CHOICE undertakes, then consider joining our board of trustees! For further information please click on the links for a role description and application form below. Become a Trustee and join our team of talented people helping us grow!.


The CHOICE IN HACKNEY Annual General Meeting 2014 was held on Tuesday the 4th of December 2014. It was attended by CHOICE IN HACKNEY Trustees, service users, volunteers from the Volunteering Project, trainees from the Advocacy Training & Employment Project.At this meeting the Annual Report was circulated which contained updates from each of the key projects, a financial summary, statistics for the year and reports written by key members of CHOICE staff.
The contents of this report were then described and discussed.
An awards ceremony was held for outstanding volunteers and graduates from the Advocacy & Employment Course. Each volunteer and trainee were awarded a certificate by CHOICE IN HACKNEY's Chairperson, Mary Julian.
A number of discussions were then held.
The first was "Legal Aid and Judicial Review Changes proposed by the Government" By Alex Rook, the Vice-Chair of CHOICE in Hackney and Partner of Irwin Mitchell LLP.
This was then followed by a question and answer session and a general discussion on the way forward for CHOICE in Hackney.
This was an opportunity for all attendees to make suggestions and comments about CHOICE in Hackney's services, which were heard by the CHOICE in Hackney board and development staff. The next Annual General Meeting will be held at the end of 2015.
If you are interested in attending, then please contact us: