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.
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.
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).
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
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.