Cork Centre for Independent Living CLG 2018

Welcome to the Cork CIL CLG 2018 website. There are pages for leaders, staff, and jobs, as well as general information for people with disabilities, the general public, and students.

Beach Wheelchairs 2018

Kerry County Council are providing a beach wheelchair service at Ballybunion, Ballinskelligs, and Inch Blue Flag beaches this year.

The wheelchairs will be available for booking from Jun 1st to Sep 15th.

This is a free service, but the wheelchairs must be booked in advance and for no longer than 3 hours at a time.

Please read this article for full details.

General Data Protection Regulation

On May 25th, 2018, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect. Simply put, GDPR is about the processing of Personal Data of EU citizens. GDPR is everyone’s responsibility and compliance is a requirement—not a choice.

At Cork CIL, we are committed to keeping your data safe and secure. Cork CIL is working to inform all Service Users/Leaders and families about what we are doing to be GDPR-ready and ensure we are compliant into the future. We have a suite of policies to explain how we will do this:

If you have any questions, please phone us on:

021 432 2651

or send an email to:

Cork CIL Information

We undertake to regularly review and update our policies.

Cork CIL Annual General Meeting 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Cork CIL will take place on Tuesday, July 17th, in the Jurys Inn, Anderson’s Quay, Cork. It will start promptly at 5.30pm.

The AGM is a formal meeting which is held once a year. It is a legal requirement for voluntary organisations that have company status. At the AGM, Cork CIL will deal with issues such as the election of committee/board members, as well as reviewing the annual accounts.

All are welcome. If you wish to attend, please send an email to:

Pat Beirne

or phone us on:

021 432 2651

Following the meeting, the Cork CIL Annual Report for 2017 will be published on this website.

CIL CMH eBulletin, Jun 8th, 2018

The latest edition of Dublin CIL’s newsletter is now online. An archive of past issues (as well as an archive of even older issues) is also available.

DFI News Bulletin, May 29th, 2018

The latest edition of the Disability Federation of Ireland’s newsletter is now online. An archive of past issues is also available.

SII Ezine, May 24th, 2018

The June edition of Spinal Injuries Ireland’s newsletter is now online. An archive of past issues is also available.

Please visit the Publications page for links to past issues of the Cork CIL Newsletter and links to newsletters published by various physical and sensory disability organisations.

VHI Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

The April edition of the Global Wellness Monthly newsletter (PDF, 5.31Mb) is now available. The focus this month is on successful relationships and communication skills.

Meanwhile, the EAP LiveWell portal features articles on how couples conquer differences in cultures and values, and the impact children can have on a relationship. There is also a pre-recorded webinar on women’s health. Please read this flyer on the women’s health webinar (PDF, 248kb) for more information.

To access the portal:

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter VhiCorkCIL in the Username/Access Code text field.
  3. Click on the Go button.
  4. Click the I Accept button on the T&Cs page.

You will only have to do the last step the first time you log on.

Visit the VHI EAP section of the Cork CIL Staff page for more information.

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children

Cork CIL’s updated policies on child protection are now available.

Audio Described and Captioned Performance of Les Misérables at the BGE Theatre

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre has announced an audio described and captioned performance of Les Misérables on Thu, Jan 10th, 2019.

There is also a captioned performance of Wicked on Tue, Aug 14th, 2018.

Bookings for these performances should be made directly through the Group Bookings & Access Department so that they can advise on the most suitable seating. The BGE Theatre have tickets held back for this purpose that aren’t available through other channels. Please phone:

01 677 7770

(9am–6pm, Mon–Fri), or email:

Groups at BGE Theatre

No extra booking fees will be applied when booking through the above channels.

Seán’s Looking Straight Ahead After Spinal Surgery

On Nov 30th, the Irish Examiner reported on Cork CIL service user, Seán Bosonnet. Suffering from progressively-worsening scoliosis since his teens, Seán finally received life-changing surgery in June, 2016, thanks to a voluntary medical support group called Straight Ahead Ireland. The charity provides surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions.

Handling Service Users’ Money Policy Updated

In 2016, we introduced the Supporting Service Users with Financial Transactions and Handling Service Users’ Money Policy to all Service Users and Personal Assistants (PAs). Following useful feedback from PAs, it has been reviewed and updated… more »

Accessing the City

CARL LogoIn collaboration with Cork CIL, Michael O’Donnell has undertaken a Community-Academic Research Links (CARL) project at UCC that explores the lived experiences of wheelchair users in Cork City. A short abstract follows:

People who use wheelchairs regularly encounter physical access barriers while living their everyday lives in the urban environment. This study focuses explicitly on the experiences of people who use wheelchairs accessing a built environment which is designed with an ‘able-bodied’ focus. In this study, I uncover the power relationships built into the physical environment which serve to marginalise and exclude. I explore how, despite decades of advocacy for a social model, much social policy and legislation around disability still draw from theories of a medical model. It is evident from the findings that much work still needs to be done to enable people who use wheelchairs to live fully independent lives and be fully included with regards to the built environment.

The full report is available from the link below:

We Are Recruiting

We have a rolling recruitment campaign with a number of part-time opportunities. If you can make a difference, we want to hear from you. Visit our Job Opportunities section for more information.