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Free flu jab in pharmacies for PAs

Are you aware that because your PAs are deemed as essential, key frontline workers, they are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination.  As PAs won’t have an employer ID card or other forms of HSC registration, the letter linked below, once completed by you, will enable them to identify themselves as eligible key workers

Advice for Informal (Unpaid) Carers and Young Carers during Covid-19 Pandemic

While CILNI’s primary focus is on directly supporting disabled people, as an organisation we fully recognise that many of our service users have important relationships with valued family members and friends who provide essential daily support.  This DoH information is to help direct them to sources of help they could find very useful during the

Get Online Week – 19 to 25 October 2020

LibrariesNI, Supporting Communities, Digi Skills, Ulster Bank, Ignite IT and RNIB have all teamed up to provide remote training on many topics including: email social media iPads e-magazines device settings shopping online apps scams passwords These informational sessions can help you stay safe online, give you the resources and tools to improve your skills, get

Peer Advocates wanted for the ONSIDE project

What is a Peer Advocate? Peer advocacy is one-to-one support provided by a person with a similar disability or experience to others using a service. In terms of the ONSIDE project, our Peer Advocates will help mentor and support participants to create community connections. Why do we need them? Peer Advocates are an invaluable support

Deena Nimick: Independent Living, Advocacy and Advice Service Update

When we all went into lockdown, technology allowed the Independent Living, Advocacy and Advice Service staff to move quickly to working from home.  This meant there had been very little interruption to this CILNI service, apart from a cessation of face-to-face meetings, which is a decision we made to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

CILNI Pandemic Impact Survey August 2020

In August, CILNI surveyed over 1,500 Service Users across Northern Ireland.  The survey aimed to find out how the Covid-19 crisis is impacting on them and their social care provision.   Below is a selection of the top 10 results from the survey.   50% of the respondents receive a high level of care which

Meet the Team: Katrina Towe

Tell us about your career to date? I have been working in Payroll and Human Resources for the last 28 years. I started off working in manufacturing before moving to Sainsbury’s for a few years and then was recruited to Equiniti Group, where I worked for a total of 16 years in payroll bureau and

PhD Research: Sleep in children with cerebral palsy

Mary-Elaine McCavert is a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast studying sleep in children with cerebral palsy: “Over 90 families have already shared their experiences (thank you!) but I am keen to capture as many realities as possible, from those who find sleep challenging AND those who do not. The more voices we have, the

Tips for attending university with a disability

Heading off to university is always a stressful and challenging experience. When you’re going to be navigating the new waters of academia with a disability, however, it can seem even more daunting. That’s why we’ve put together these handy tips for making sure any soon to be student with a disability can get the most

How have you coped during the pandemic? Have your say!

In our on-going commitment to listen to and learn from our service users and to maintain our services to the highest standard, I would like to invite you to participate in our pandemic survey. We will use the information to help us understand how we can best represent your needs across the social care sector