Centre for Independent Living NI, which was set up in 2001 as Centre for Independent Living- Belfast, is an organisation run by disabled people for disabled people. We work to promote the principles of independent living and, in particular, to provide a range of services for people using or considering using Direct Payments and/or Self-Directed Support.
Our vision is to create a world where disability is not a disadvantage, as envisaged by the social model of disability.
In accordance with our constitution, CILNI’s Management Board is made up entirely of disabled people who, throughout their working lives, have accumulated a wealth of knowledge of the workings of Government, the Health and Personal Social Services, governance of voluntary organisations, banking, accountancy and law. Through regular board meetings, the board is actively involved overseeing the governance, financial and operational control of CILNI.
Our mission is to deliver a range of quality services, which meet the needs of disabled people in Northern Ireland.
We will connect disabled people to each other and with other people
We will promote CILNI through listening and providing opportunities for disabled people to be heard
We will use personal experience to help inform and influence government policy
We will ensure CILNI services are appropriate and of a high quality
We will expand CILNI membership through recruiting new members and retaining existing members