November 6, 2014 - 12:00 am

Picture of birthday candles

On Thursday 6th November 2014, SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living celebrated its 30th anniversary. Formerly called Southampton Centre for Independent Living, the organisation has changed dramatically throughout the years and this section of the website is devoted to tracing that development, and the achievements we have made along the way.

To mark this special occasion, SPECTRUM held a number of special events, including a landmark conference at our conference facility in Southampton. In front of a specially invited audience, a range of national and local speakers spoke about their hopes and fears for the future of Independent Living, as well as reflecting on what had been achieved in the past 30 years. You can view the videos from the conference from the links below.

Videos from Session 1

The first panel of speakers were Ian Loynes, SPECTRUM’s Chief executive officer, Ruth Dixon, Deputy Director of Hampshire Adult Services, and Frances Hasler, founder member of National Centre for Independent Living.





Videos from Session 2

The second panel of speakers were John Evans, Disability Rights consultant, Ruth Dixon, Deputy Director of Hampshire Adult Services, Helen Woodland, Southampton City Council , Sandra Jerram, Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, Simon Stevens, Disability Rights consultant, and Robert Droy, Chair of the Personalisation Expert Panel and works at SPECTRUM.



Videos from Session 3

The conference concluded with the launch of a new book about the history of SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living



News coverage of the event

Coverage of this event in last week’s Guardian newspaper can be found at the following links: The Guardian 29-10-14 and Ian Loynes article in The Guardian 29-10-14

You might also like to read the SPECTRUM 30th Anniversary Press Release for some background information.


Special Publications

We have also launched our new book about SPECTRUM’s history ‘SPECTRUM – Our History’. You can read it here:

SPECTRUM – Our History – 30 Years of Independent Living – Final Copy – Email Version

Our latest edition of the newsletter, is a bumper edition, reflecting all the various activities that SPECTRUM undertakes. You can read it here:

SPECTRUM NEWS – 30th Anniversary Edition 2014