Dewis Centre for Independent Living (C.I.L.)

A voluntary organisation working in six Local Authorities

About

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About

Dewis Centre for Independent Living (C.I.L.) is a voluntary organisation that provides a Direct Payment support service in three Local Authorities – Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan and Merthyr Tydfil.  Dewis also provides Advocacy services in six local authorities – Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Conwy, Wrexham, Caerphilly and Pembrokeshire. It works in partnership with the Social Services Departments of each of these authorities.

The original organisation was created in 1996 as a non profit-making Company Limited by Guarantee. It was designed to act as a 3rd party organisation run by disabled people who used its services. Its specific aims were to allow a small number of disabled people to have choice in who they wished have as their carers (personal assistants) whilst the Company employed the personal assistants.

As Direct Payments became an option in Rhondda Cynon Taf from 2001, the organisation undertook the role of ‘Support Service’. In 2001 it became a C.I.L. (Centre for Independent Living).

From its inception, the Centre for Independent Living has had a management committee composed of disabled people who use its services and non-disabled people who are supporters of its ethos and values. The Management Committee oversees the work of the staff and helps to develop future policies.

The Organisation adopted the name Dewis Centre for Independent Living in 2006. It began its work and services around its Direct Payments Support Scheme in Rhondda Cynon Taf. From this original model, it has developed similar support schemes in Merthyr Tydfil, then Powys, and in the Vale of Glamorgan. It expanded its services over the past five years into Advocacy and Training. It is now a provider of advocacy to six Local Authorities Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Conwy, Wrexham, Caerphilly and Pembrokeshire.

It remains a non profit-making organisation and is registered with the Charity Commission. It receives its main revenue funding from the Local Authorities who derive services from it.