Health and Social Care Trusts
The statutory provider of care and social services in Northern Ireland is the HSC. It delivers these services through six health care trusts. Five of these trusts are responsible for delivering health and social care services across Northern Ireland. The websites listed below will provide you with access to your local health care trust where information about services available will be found. The websites also offer a wealth of information on a number of topics that maybe relevant to you and your family.
Centre for Idependent Living NI
Centre for Independent Living NI, which was set up in 2001 as Centre for Independent Living- Belfast, is an organisation run by disabled people for disabled people. They work to promote the principles of independent living and, in particular, to provide a range of services for people using or considering using Direct Payments and/or Self-Directed Support.
Family Support Northern Ireland website
The Health and Social Care Board for Northern Ireland, has developed the Northern Ireland Family Support website. The purpose of this website is to create a comprehensive database of family support across Northern Ireland. ‘Transforming Your Care’, a review of health and social care in Northern Ireland also recognised the importance of the website as an information and signposting resource for families, communities and professionals.
Praxis Care provides a range of supported living services in Northern Ireland to people experiencing mental ill health. These include home response domiciliary care, volunteer befriending, and day activity / drop-in and “out of hours” services for those with a learning disability, mental health challenges, acquired brain injury and people with dementia.
Carers Trust NI
Carers Trust is a new charity providing access to desperately-needed breaks, information and advice, education, training and employment opportunities. Their Network Partners benefit from the provision of grants, advice documents and reports to improve carers' services. They give carers and young carers avenues to speak to someone and make their voices heard, offline via their carers' services and young carers' schemes and online via the interactive websites.
Crossroads Caring for Carers
Crossroads Caring for Carers is a Northern Ireland based charity. Since 1984 Crossroads has provided respite care for carers, who provide care for an elderly, frail, ill or disabled friend or relative. Crossroads aim to meet the needs of carers by providing them with a much-needed break whilst providing peace of mind that their loved one is well taken care of by a Crossroads care attendant.