An outline of what Cedar does
The Cedar Foundation (Cedar) is a leading voluntary organisation in Northern Ireland focusing on inclusion for people with disabilities. Our purpose is summarised in our Vision and Mission statements.
Our Vision is an inclusive society for all. Our Mission is support individuals and families living with disability, autism and brain injury to live the lives they choose.
We aim to deliver our Mission by upholding our Values of:
We passionately believe in the right of people with disabilities to make a contribution to all aspects of community life in line with our Vision of an inclusive society for all. Everything Cedar does is about inclusion for people with disabilities, whether at work, in the home or socially.
- Empower people with disabilities to be in control
- Support individuals and families to build personal and family resilience
- Build the personal capacity of individuals to live, work and take part in their communities
- Continually improve and innovate to provide the best services for people with disabilities
Our services fall into four areas:
- Kids and Teens Services which aim to include disabled children, young people and their families in their communities.
- Employment and Learning Services which offer a range of programmes to help people with disabilities gain qualifications and develop the skills required to find a job or to get involved in the community.
- Living Options and Accommodation Support which provide a range of accommodation that is suitably and sensitively designed to meet the individual needs of people who have a disability.
- Social and Community Networking Services which support people with disabilities to become more actively involved in their communities and to make and maintain friendships.
Cedar's service users (currently over 2,200) include people with complex physical, sensory and learning disabilities including congenital disabilities (e.g. cerebral palsy) and acquired disability (e.g. spinal injury) and emerging needs (e.g. children with complex health care needs or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)). We support those with brain injury, often resulting from road traffic accidents, sporting injuries or stroke. Service users may have sensory disabilities including visual impairments.