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CIC Annual review 2010/2011 27

Public benefit

CIC must demonstrate that our services provide an identifiable benefit, are directly related to the aims of the charity, and that benefit is to the public or a section of the public.

CIC provides care services for vulnerable adults, adults with learning difficulties, mental health issues or physical disabilities. We also provide care for the elderly in care homes, offering care for those with dementia, challenging behaviour and end of life care services. CIC is a not for profit organisation which encompasses services from Northern Scotland to Southern England. CIC works with the most vulnerable adults in society and does not discriminate on the ability to pay or where a person lives.

One of the cornerstones of CIC’s aims is to promote inclusion for the individuals we support into the communities in which they live. This can be challenging due to the barriers relating to social exclusion such as stigma, access or discrimination. CIC helps to bridge this gap by building relationships in the community, by having a “can do” approach to integration. CIC involve the people we support in community activities including employment opportunities and education. We also offer opportunities to others in the community through volunteering, community events and sharing the use of some of our facilities. CIC supports the establishment of social inclusion groups to empower the individual.

Benefits to the individuals we support can be seen through the care that we provide and the partnerships that we develop.

All of our services are publicly funded by either Local Authorities or Primary Care Trusts, although we also have a small number of self-funded service users. Our aim is to provide highest quality of care for anyone in need regardless of circumstances. Care service contracts are won through competitive tender with other care organisations, both private and third sector, where we must demonstrate value for money whilst also maintaining high standards of care. Our identifiable benefit is to those individuals who, for whatever reason are unable to care for themselves and require support to ensure that they have fulfilled lives. CIC continue to innovate and meet new challenges for the services it provides.


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