On behalf of the Department of Health NI, the Independent Living Fund provides financial support to disabled people in Northern Ireland with over 430 people currently receiving ILF support to help them live independently in their homes and communities. Unfortunately in 2010, the fund was closed to new recipients, therefore people could no longer apply21st May 2020
Everyone over five years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing. You can now get tested if you have: a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature); OR a new, continuous cough – this21st May 2020
A free remote interpreting service for British Sign Language (BSL) and Irish Sign Language (ISL) users in Northern Ireland has been introduced to provide the Deaf community with access to: – NHS111 (Northern Ireland COVID-19 advice line) and all health and social care services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary service is provided by Interpreter24th April 2020
Coronavirus National Testing Programme for frontline workers (including Personal Assistants employed through Direct Payments) who are having to self-isolate due to having coronavirus-like symptoms or because a member of their household has symptoms. Frontline workers included are those in the private sector, with a focus on staff delivering key medical, energy, utility, transport and food24th April 2020
Self Directed Support helped me get my confidence and independence back. It meant I didn’t have to completely rely on my family for support. Having a PA has enabled me to start living my life independently.
The Centre for Independent Living really helped us understand how we can use direct payments to live independently. Their advice enabled us to get the support we needed.