Cork Centre for Independent Living CLG 2020


Welcome to the Cork CIL CLG 2020 website. There are pages for leaders, staff, and jobs, as well as information for people with disabilities, the general public, and students.

We will be posting regular updates for staff and Service Users (SUs) as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.

NEWS – Cork Community Platform Thursday 16th July 3pm 


Independent  Living  Movement  Ireland [ILMI]  are creating an online platform to create an opportunity for disabled people in Cork City and County to stay socially connected and find out information on supports and services in your local community.


They have guest speakers from mainstream services that provide information and talk about what is available to you during COVID-19 and beyond.


It is hoped that the community platforms will provide a response to the challenge of social isolation caused by COVID-19, through creating a shared social space for the voices of local disabled adults.


If you would like to register to take part in any of these community platforms then please contact any of the ILMI through 

COVID Tracker App

COVID Tracker App

Download the free app now from the COVID Tracker App website. Also available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Thanks to the care taken by everyone, the number of people in Ireland with COVID-19 has decreased. But as we continue to re-open services and communities, we need to ensure we have the tools to continue this downward trend.

Taking precautions such as washing our hands, keeping social distance, and covering our coughs and sneezes, as well as wearing face coverings where it’s difficult to keep our distance, help us to stay safe and protect each other.

The COVID Tracker phone app is another important tool we can use to reduce the spread of the virus. It supports the HSE’s Contact Tracing team by keeping an anonymous record of people you are in close contact with.

The app makes contact tracing quicker. It helps to find close contacts you might have forgotten or who are unknown to you, such as when you are shopping or on public transport. It does this while protecting your privacy.

Identifying a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 can help the HSE take action quicker, protecting others.

The more people who use the app, the more people we can protect.

Cloth Face Coverings

Reusable Cloth Face Coverings Made by the Sanctuary Mask Initiative

Cork CIL have received the generous donation of reusable cloth face coverings for our Service Users from Sanctuary Mask Initiative (SMI).
SMI is a group of women in direct provision who are producing these masks for community groups and charitable organisations in the Cork area.

Face coverings should be worn in public places such as shops, supermarkets, public transport, and anywhere that you are unable to maintain social distancing. If you go out with your PA, you may be asked to wear a face covering.

If you would like to avail of a pair of these free cloth face coverings, please inform your PA, and they will be forwarded to you.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates


Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness. There are 25,628 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland as of July 12th.

Keep yourself informed by visiting the HSE’s Coronavirus website for general advice, and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) for guidance aimed at healthcare professionals.

See also the Information for PAs and the Information for Service Users secctions below.

How to Wash Your Hands with Soap and Water

Protect Yourself from Coronavirus

We must all do our best to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus by adhering to the following safety guidelines:

  • Wash your hands properly and regularly.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
  • Put used tissues into a bin, and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Practice social distancing.

Information for Personal Assistants

On June 5th, a new update was uploaded to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 page of the Staff Portal that explains the restrictions imposed on the length of the working week by the Organisation of Timing Work Act 1997. It also outlines entitlements to breaks and rest periods as set out by the act.

Additional COVID-19-related information for all Cork CIL employees is also available from the link above.

Information for Leaders/Service Users

We regret to inform Service Users that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Travel Club is suspended until further notice.

The updates listed below outline changes to our services. There is also an informative Caronavirus poster.

New COVID-19 Poster
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Cork CIL News

New and Updated Policies

No less than 34 new and updated policies are now available. To view them, visit the revised A to Z of Cork CIL Policies page and enter the Staff Portal password.

Mileage and Expenses Calendar 2020

Visit the Mileage and Allowable Expenses page and enter the Staff Portal password to download the Mileage and Expenses Calendar 2020, which is now available in both Excel and PDF formats.

P60 Replaced by Employment Details Summary (EDS)

The P60 was a certificate of your annual pay and deductions issued by the Revenue Commissioners at the end of every year. From Jan 1st, 2019, it was abolished in line with PAYE modernisation, and has been replaced by an Employment Details Summary (EDS).

For more information, visit the Employment Details Summary page and enter the Staff Portal password.

VHI EAP Employee Wellness Calendar 2020

Please find below a link to the VHI EAP Employee Wellness Calendar 2020, which includes monthly newsletter titles, and also features some key national and international event days to be aware of throughout 2020. The topics will link to the Spotlight Features on the EAP Online Portal, as well as to the monthly updates.

Next Direction: Cork CIL Strategic Plan 2019—24

The Board and Executive of Cork CIL are delighted to publish our new Strategic Plan 2019–24. Guiding the direction of Cork CIL over the next 4 to 5 years, the plan reaffirms our commitment to keeping Service Users central to all our activities.

ILMI #PASNOW Campaign Update

On Tue, Nov 19th, the Dáil unanimously agreed a motion put forward by Deputy Thomas Pringle TD on a right to a Personal Assistance Service (PAS) for disabled people. While an important milestone, this is just the first step on a long journey.

Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) has published a special ILMI #PASNOW Campaign Update edition of the ILMI eBulletin to discuss the next steps in the campaign.

Maternity, Paternity, and Parental Leave Policy Update 2019

To incorporate changes in legislation, our Maternity, Paternity, and Parental Leave Policies have been updated. The changes increase your entitlements and options. If you have children and have not availed of all your entitlements, recently given birth, or are pregnant, please read the updated policies.

Alliance of Health Care Assistants in Ireland

The Alliance of Health Care Assistants in Ireland (AHCAI) are a National Membership Organisation set up by and for the benefit of healthcare assistants.

For more information, visit the AHCAI Website, or read this document:

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Cork CIL Leaders

News for Leaders

The Full Guide to Flying with a Disability

This UK-based guide for disabled travellers was published last July, long before the current COVID-19 emergency. But one day, the pandemic will end and our lives will slowly return to normal. And when it does, many of us will be yearning for a change of scene.

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Functional Zone in LeisureWorld, Bishopstown

The Functional Zone in LeisureWorld, Bishopstown, is a service provided by HSE Neuro Physios in partnership with specially trained LeisureWorld gym Instructors for people with neurological conditions.

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How to Report an Access Issue to Cork City Council

In her role as a member of the Cork Access Group, Cork CIL leader Anita wishes to pass on the following important information:

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Past Leader Announcements

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Staff Portal

Latest Staff News

Disability Services Newsletter: Updated Nov 6th, 2019

The HSE’s National Quality Improvement Office (NQIO) has published the Autumn 2019 Edition of its quarterly Disability Services Newsletter.

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Health and Wellbeing at Work Newsletter for October, 2019

The October edition of the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing at Work Newsletter is now available.

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Staff News Headlines

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Employee Notice

The Staff Portal is password protected. If you are a Cork CIL employee and have not received the password, or wish to be sent a reminder, please contact us.