Independent Living Support

Independent Living Support (ILS) is a small local charity with bases in Dumfries and Stranraer. Our purpose is to promote “simply surviving to actively thriving” by offering practical, social and emotional support to people from all backgrounds.

The programmes we have developed have been in response to the needs of clients expressed to us. ILS has developed expertise in working effectively with young and vulnerable people. Our culture is a supportive one. The relationships we build are genuine and lasting. Individuals return to us because they know we will listen, be non-judgemental and support their efforts in a way that works for them. Much of this work involves supporting people to re-engage with their communities and to progress towards independence.

Founded in 2002 by a Social Worker and under new management since January 2017.  Our services have carved a reputation for integrity, inclusion, friendliness, fairness and warmth.  Supporting around 350 people a year across the region we hope to further align our services with our communities.

We currently deliver Housing Support on behalf of Dumfries & Galloway Council and Youth Services in partnership with key funders.

During 2019, ILS Housing Support Service has:

  • Received 334 referrals
  • Delivered 13402 hours of support across Dumfries, Nithsdale and Stranraer.

Should you have any comment to make about our services please do not hesitate to contact us, either by phone or email.

Independent Living Support provides housing and youth development services across Dumfries & Galloway; supporting people from all backgrounds to develop skills……from

simply surviving to actively thriving.

Many members of the public donate goods and money to ILS throughout the year but especially at Christmas time.  These donations are very gratefully received and are passed directly on to the people we work with.  Thank you

 Dumfries Office

8 George Street Meuse



Tel: 01387 262226


Stranraer Office

9 Hanover Street



Tel: 01776 258120



Charity No: SC037633

Company No: 307309


We are registered with the Care Inspectorate our most recent report can be accessed from:

The Care Inspectorate 

Compass House

11 Riverside Drive



Tel: 0345 600 9527

Email: enquiries@careinspectorate.com