What we do

The Centre for Independent Living NI (CILNI) is an organisation of disabled people, working to support disabled people choosing to take more control over their arrangements for personal support.

We believe that independent living is important and aim to raise awareness about Direct Payments as a way for disabled people to have more control over their own lifestyles and participate more fully in the community in which they live.

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

Information on Direct Payments and SDS

Information on all aspects of independent living, Direct Payments and SDS.

Employment Advice

Advice on using Direct Payments and being a good employer.

Promoting Self-Advocacy

Advocacy for people who may require help to identify their support needs and express views.

Payroll Service

Payroll service that special­ises in every aspect of the payroll process for Direct Payment users, making every payday simple.

Peer Support

Peer Support to encourage the development of local networks of Direct Payments users to share their experience and expertise and provide mutual support.

Training

Training for social care professionals on issues around independent living and Direct Payments.

The Centre for Independent Living provides a range of services to disabled people, including older people, people with learning disability and mental health service users.

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.

Katy Megahey
Service User

Find out more on the services we provide