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.
- Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children: Cork CIL’s updated policies on child protection are now available.
We really welcome your feedback and any suggestions that you have for inclusion in our website. Please send an email to:
with your suggestions and ideas.
Cork SportsAbility Week 2018: Call Out to Clubs and Communities
Following on from the huge success of last year’s inaugural Cork SportsAbility Week, the campaign kicks off again this April commencing with its flagship event, Cork SportsAbility Day, at the Mardyke Arena on April 21st. A host of other events are planned for the week and Cork Sports Partnership is looking to work with local clubs, organisations and communities with the aim of running events over the course of the week which promote Disability Sport & Inclusion in Cork.
Examples of events include Come & Try Sessions, Integrated events (collaborating with community group/club) or a seminar.
If you or your club/community is interested, please contact Cork Sports Partnership on (021) 434 7096 for further info, or click here for event submission details.
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:
- Go to: https://www.wellbeing-4life.com/
VhiCorkCILin the Username/Access Code text field.
- Click on the Go button.
- 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.
Audio Described and Captioned Performance of Les Misérables at the BGE Theatre
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:
No extra booking fees will be applied when booking through the above channels.
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 & Personal Assistants (PAs). Following useful feedback from PAs, it has been reviewed and updated… more »
Accessing the City
In 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:
Annual General Meeting
The Cork CIL Annual General Meeting 2017 took place on Tuesday, the 15th of August at 5.00 PM in the Montenotte Hotel. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.
We are always looking for new staff and volunteers. Please email:
if you would like to become involved in Cork CIL and support its work.
The Annual Report for 2016 is now available:
- Annual Report 2016 (PDF, 1012kb)
If you would like to receive a copy in another format, or would like a copy of the Audited Accounts for 2016, please phone us on:
021 432 2651
or send an email to:
Cork CIL Service User Survey 2017
Future Directions was the service strategy that was developed by us to guide Cork CIL services up to 2017. We are now reviewing this and developing our next plan and we asked you as our service users about your experience of your service and your ideas for the future. A big thank you to all of you who gave us your feedback. The survey is now closed. We are analysing the results and will update you all soon.
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.