About Us

Independent living is a philosophy, a way of looking at disability and society, and a worldwide movement of people with disabilities working for self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities.

Cork Centre for Independent Living (Cork CIL) was opened in 1996 by people with disabilities. Cork CIL is committed to working towards the removal of barriers to inclusion and working for rights-based equality legislation for people with disabilities.

Our main aim is to empower and enable people with disabilities to achieve Independent Living, choice and control over their lives and to achieve full and active participation as equal citizens in society.

Cork Centre for Independent Living (Cork CIL) was opened in 1996 by people with disabilities. Cork CIL remains committed to working towards the removal of barriers to inclusion and working for rights-based equality legislation for people with disabilities.

Ireland map for Centres of Independent LivingThere are currently twenty-sevenCentres for Independent Living operating throughout Ireland.

Each Centre functions on an individual basis, although all adhere to the same principles of Independent Living. CIL’s provide a range of services to people with a disability. In Ireland they are funded primarily through the Health Services Executive and Department of Social  Protection formerly  FÁS.

The Board and staff of Cork CIL work vigorously to ensure that life for people living with physical disabilities is made as straightforward as possible. We do this by working with various Local and National Government Departments to ensure that the prospect of everyday living can be made possible.

We are committed to fight for these rights as we have a passion for life to be an independent journey not an independent struggle

What We Do
Cork Centre for Independent Living works in partnership with people with disabilities, the  HSE  &  DSP  to provide a range of support and services to people  with  disabilities living  in  South Lee area of Cork city.

Our main aim is to empower and enable people with disabilities to achieve Independent Living, choice and control over their lives and to achieve full and active participation as equal citizens in society

The services offered by Cork CIL aim to respond to individual needs and preferences. Everyone who uses the Cork CIL services is unique, however many people who do use the services have very complex and high support needs.

Services
Cork CIL Services include:

  • Provision of Personal Assistant (PAs) Service to Adults &  Children.
  • Sponsor Department of  Social Protection (DSP) formerly FÁS Community Employment Scheme
  • Provision of information on the rights and entitlements of people with a disability
  • Supporting employment opportunities for people with a disability
  • Promoting advocacy and self-advocacy
  • Disability Research & Training

Cork CIL is contracted by the HSE to provide a level of PA services to adults and children with a disability. This statutory funding is limited but we are committed to working to ensure best value and offering services to as many people as possible in line with our Service Level Agreements

HSE Assisted  Living Services
To be eligible for   Personal Assistant (PA) Services you must be

  •  Under 65 years
  •  Eligible for inclusion in the National Physical Sensory Disability Data Base (NPSDD) and
  •  Living in South Lee

Assessment  & Application  Process   

Applications should in the first instance be made through your local Public Health Nurse. S/he will arrange to meet with you  or  your  child and   following  an  assessment  of  need,  can submit a written application  to the HSE Disability Services. These applications are reviewed by a team made up of representative s of HSE Disability Services, the PHN Service and the Cork Centre for Independent Living.

Based on the information you give, applications are prioritised and placed on a waiting list. As resources become available services are offered to those people on the waiting list.

Priority for  Assisted  Living  PA  supports  is  given to  people  who

  • complex supports  needs
  • have  no  access to  any other  services or  supports
  • have a  life  limiting  condition

The  Assisted  Living PA  support  form    part of a  continuum of  HSE    funded   community based  supports.   Most  supports   with  activities of  daily  living   such  as   washing and dressing are  provided  by the  HSE  Home  Help  Service.   The  HSE  Assisted  Living  Supports  are  an  addition to  these  supports  and   facilitate  people to   get  out of their   home, conduct  essential  personal   business  and perhaps  socialise.

Regrettably the  Assisted  Living Supports are  not  available  to  support people in  their  work place,  solely to accompany  people to appointments,   or provide  transport .  We  are  also  unable to consider  applications for  child minding or  child  care, or  to  support  children  in   Pre-schools or  Schools.

We may not be able to offer all the hours that you would like and the service will be reviewed with the Service users regularly.  Requests for a additional services   received  from  people already using  the  service is    considered in the same  way  as  new  referrals. We do this  to ensure  openness, transparency  and equity as  we endeavour  to   offer   services  to  as many  people as possible.

Pre-school  &  School Supports

The HSE  Assisted  Living  Supports is  no  longer   available to  support  children in  pre-school.  If  your child requires  support in  mainstream  pre-school you should  in  the  first  instance   speak to  your  child’s Early Intervention Services, ( community  Early Intervention Team, Enable Ireland Early Intervention Services, or a similar service. )  and the  Preschool or  School  that  you want  your child to  attend.


Department of  Social Protection (DSP) formerly FÁS Community Employment Project
Cork CIL is a sponsor of a FÁS Community Employment Scheme Participants work in a range of settings including PA and administration. The FÁS Community Employment Schemes offer a valuable opportunity for participants to gain further training and work place skills. (See our Job Opportunities Section).


Organisation

The Voluntary Board of Management is made up of people with personal and professional experience and an interest in disability issues and services. The CIL Board members have experience in law, finance, IT, health, sport, social and disability services.

Non- Executive Board of Management

Padraig  Hannafin             Chairperson

Donal O’Sullivan                Vice Chairman

Gavin O’Neil                        Treasurer

Johnny Cronin

Cian  Moriarty

Ben  Coughlan

Executive

Pat Beirne                          General Manager  &  Company Secretary

Nicola Meacle                   DSP  CE Supervisor

Cork CIL is a grass roots organisation Over  30% of Cork CIL BOM have  direct  experience of  disability. In  addition to  the  voluntary  Board  and over  100 staff we  have   a membership of   59   people and  provide  services  to over  150  people with primary  physical disabilities.