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CILNI provides a range of services to disabled people, including older people, people with learning disability and mental health service users.

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Information for service users concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Submit your employee payroll hours online here.

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Video and Podcasts

Visit our video page for a range of informative and useful guidance videos on a variety of topics, including Direct Payments and User Stories.

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Direct payments and Self Directed Support

Information on all aspects of independent living and Direct Payments.

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Centre for Independent Living NI
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  • Debbie and Irene celebrate 20 years of service

    We recently recognised the long service of two of our loyal employees who have been working at CILNI since the organisation was established in 2001. Debbie and Irene were both appointed as CIL Belfast employees in August 2001, the same year the charity was established.  (CIL Belfast changed its name to Centre for Independent Living

    26th September 2021
  • How to prepare for university with a disability

    Getting ready for university life can be tricky. Knowing all the things to get ready before you go will help make the transition a lot easier. Most people start thinking about university well over a year before they end up going. There is certainly a long build-up awaiting results, confirmation of places, putting support in

    24th September 2021
  • We are very sad to hear of the passing of Bill Riddall

    It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of Bill Riddall on Friday 26 March 2021. Bill was an early recruit to the Board of the Centre for Independent Living and served the organisation for over 19 years as Trustee and Honorary Treasurer. Following a distinguished career in banking with the Lloyds

    31st March 2021
  • 10 simple tips for finding and retaining good Personal Assistants

    Finding and retaining good Personal Assistants (PAs) can be a challenge for all employers and is one of the topics regularly discussed when getting started with Direct Payments. Below we look at advice and tips from some employers on how to be a good employer and how to avoid a high turnover of staff. When

    19th March 2021

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