Personal budgets in Northern Ireland - other resources

Get details for organisations in Northern Ireland that can provide information and advice about personal budgets. 

Personal budgets and direct payments in Northern I
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Useful organisations 

Age NI

3 Lower Crescent
Belfast BT7 1NR

T 028 9024 5729
E [email protected]

Provides information and advice for older people in Northern Ireland.

Centre for Independent Living NI – Head and Eastern Area Office

Beechill Business Park
96 Beechill Road
Belfast BT8 7QN

T 028 9064 8546
(Textphone: 028 9064 0598)
F 028 9064 0598
E [email protected]

Organisation that works to support disabled people choosing to take more control over their arrangements for personal support. Provides services to people considering or using direct payments to employ staff to provide personal assistance.

Centre for Independent Living NI – Southern Area Office

Unit 10 Ulster Gazette Arcade
56 Scotch Street
Armagh BT61 7DQ

T 028 3752 2282
E [email protected]

Centre for Independent Living NI – Western Area Office

Anderson House
Market Street
Omagh BT78 1ES

T 028 8224 8926
F 028 8224 9878
E [email protected]

Centre for Independent Living NI – Northern Area Office

Unit C9
The Business Centre
80–82 Rainey Street
Magherafelt BT45 5AJ

T 028 7963 4932
E [email protected]

Vela Microboards NI Limited

PO Box 250
Co Down
BT20 9WW
T 07834 352180
E [email protected]

A Vela Microboard is formed when a small group of committed family and friends join together with a person with an illness or learning difficulties to create a non-profit association to address the person's planning and support needs.

Carers Northern Ireland

58 Howard Street
Belfast BT1 6PJ

T 028 9043 9843
E [email protected]

Charity that supports carers and provides information and advice about caring.

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

The website has detailed information about direct payments. The following publications can be downloaded for free:

  • A guide to receiving direct payments
  • Direct payments policy and practice review report
  • Direct payments legislation and guidance for boards and trusts
  • HSS (ECCU) 01/2005 – Guidance on accounting and monitoring.

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSC)

The official gateway for health and social care in Northern Ireland, the website contains contact information for local trusts as well as information about services that are on offer.

More information

Last reviewed: October 2011
Next review due: October 2013

Reviewed by: Ms Jane Buswell, Nurse Consultant, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol and Dr Ann Capewell, Consultant Physician, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Merseyside

This information has also been reviewed by people affected by dementia.

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