was formed in April 2002 to support the positive promotion and uptake
of Direct Payments and Independent
Living for Disabled People living in Kent.
This followed the KCC Social Services conference 'Disabled People -
Shaping the Future' held on 11th March 2002. The conference focussed
on how KCC Social Services Directorate, as the key player in Kent could
contribute to the promotion of choice and independence for disabled
people, empowered by the way Social Services carries out its functions.
The conference included a presentation on the KCC 10 year strategy 'Active
Care', information on the new KCC Direct Payment scheme and the promotion
of independent living with guest speakers from Disability Awareness
in Action and the Southampton Centre for Independent Living.
Up until this time disabled people in Kent had been struggling to set
up a Centre for Independent Living but had not been supported or able
to gain funding to achieve it.
CILK is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. The
current Directors are all disabled people with differing impairments.
Five of them are Personal Assistant employers. We positively support
KCC Social Services on their increased commitment to the government's
Direct Payments strategy.
subscribes to a guiding ethos of:
The Social Model of Disability
The Twelve Basic Needs
Equalities and Diversity