9. Other useful organisations
3 Lower Crescent
Belfast BT7 1NR
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
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
Centre for Independent Living NI – Western Area Office
Omagh BT78 1ES
T 028 8224 8926
F 028 8224 9878
Centre for Independent Living NI – Northern Area Office
The Business Centre
80–82 Rainey Street
Magherafelt BT45 5AJ
T 028 7963 4932
Vela Microboards NI Limited
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
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.