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About us

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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Current Vacancies

Explore our job page and discover jobs that make a real difference to people living with a disability.

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Our services help disabled people choosing to take more control over their arrangements for personal support.

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Payroll Information

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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
Working together to enhance independence


  • Researchers find high level of dissatisfaction with the way local authorities administer Direct Payments

    A recent research report published by University of Leeds and CEREBRA which examined Direct Payments for children and young people, and their families across the United Kingdom, has found the financial value of the Direct Payment too low to recruit suitable staff who are willing to accept minimum wage. Many respondents commented that Direct Payment

    12th September 2019
  • Independent Living NI Event 2019

    Join us at the Independent Living NI Event 2019 as we get together, to be inspired, challenged and refreshed with others who have an interest an interest in disability and independent living across Northern Ireland. It is 18 years since the Centre for Independent Living NI (CILNI) was established and we are holding two events

    11th September 2019
  • ILF Scotland strategic plan

    CILNI recently contributed to the 2020 – 2023 ILF Scotland Strategic Plan Consultation exercise. We have always welcomed the significant financial contribution ILF Scotland makes. Without this input, it is likely many of the current recipients in NI due to their high level of support needs would need to move into residential settings, or greater input

    9th September 2019
  • ILS Manager Visit to Brazil

    As a family this year, we decided to take up a longstanding offer from a couple we know who are pastors of a church in Brazil.  It is a small church with a big heart and although they have few resources themselves, they have sought for the past 3 years to reach out to those

    9th September 2019

Working to support disabled people,
choosing to take more control over their arrangements.