Leeds Centre for Integrated Living (Leeds CIL) is a Disabled Peoples User Led Organisation (DPULO) that believes disabled and older people and families with disabled children have the right to an independent life.

We formed in 1998 as a Leeds City Council Adult Social Care business unit employing 20 people. The organisation was co-run by an advisory group of disabled people from Leeds as the Management Committee of the Centre and Adult Social Care (ASC).

In 2009 the Committee made a request to take complete control of the organisation and run it as a user-led, not-for-profit business. A project was carried out to achieve this and Leeds CIL became a social enterprise with the legal status of a Company Limited by Guarantee in April 2011. We are now run by a Management Board of disabled people and have charitable status.

Leeds CIL uses a social model of disability approach to:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Remove barriers that restrict choice and control and disable people and their families
  • Be a centre for excellence on supported living
  • Influence and affect the processes and policies of local public bodies (council, health etc) on the provision of personal budgets
  • Support people who need assistance to safely meet their identified needs and personal objectives
  • Enable disabled people to develop their strengths, abilities, confidence, and skills

Our Independent Living Teams support disabled people of all ages to take control of any help they need with personal care, daily living tasks and getting out and about in their community. This includes supporting people to recruit, manage and pay their own support workers, usually called Personal Assistants (PAs). Employing PAs enables our customers to choose who they want to provide their support and how and when the support is provided, to suit their and their families' lifestyles.

Our customers include individual disabled and older people, parents with disabled children and carers of disabled adults.