Personal assistance is one of our core services. All our personal assistants (PA’s) are fully trained and Garda vetted. They arrive at the person’s home at an appointed time to perform a set of agreed tasks, such as getting dressed, having a shower, making the dinner, going to the shops or doing housework.

PA’s are employed under the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Community Employment Scheme, and while this system has helped greatly to establish the organisation, a permanent long term system is still required. Since 2001, HSE funding has also been available.

CIL’s throughout the country continue to lobby government for the establishment of an Independent Living Fund. This would ensure continuous funding for people with disabilities to employ their own personal assistants, giving them control over their lives and a better quality of life.

What one of our clients has to say

“I’d be lost without Waterford CIL. Their PA’s are fantastic. They help me get dressed in the morning and cook my dinner in the evening. The rest I can do myself. It’s just great knowing they’re there when I need them.”