Share Your Voice


There are lots of ways to become involved and share your views about Direct Payments.  Please make sure your voice gets heard.


Volunteer to be a Peer Mentor

Do you receive social care direct payments?
Would you like to use your skills and experience in a volunteering role to support others?
We are looking for volunteers (called Peer Mentors) who can provide this support to people new to direct payments or feel less confident with the management of a direct payment.
All Peer Mentors will receive training and support from Cambridgeshire Alliance for Independent Living and Penderels Trust.
The aim is that, with the right support from Peer Mentors, people will have increased confidence, skills and knowledge to successfully manage their own social care direct payments and make the choices that are right for them.
Peer Mentors will be able to develop new social networks and able to talk with people who, like them, have a lived experience of disability and the issues it raises.
To learn more about this project, please contact Graham Lewis by phone on 0300 111 2301 or 07507 473813 or email him on


Add to our Lived Experience Library

We are creating a ‘Lived Experience Library’.

This Library helps us to show people that others have experienced the same or similar difficulties and that they were able to work through the system to achieve their goals.

How well did Direct Payments work for you? Download and fill in this form to let us know.

Attend One of Our Events

“Do you have Direct Payments?  Thinking about Direct Payments?  Struggling with your Direct Payments? Just want to know more?” Then this event is for you!

CAIL will be hosting an event on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, that will include a FREE lunch!

We will explore what Direct Payments are, how they can be used, who is eligible, the support available in helping to apply and manage them. If you already receive Direct Payments we would like to hear about your experiences as this will help others who are thinking about applying.

We will also show our film ‘The Model Conversation’ about people’s lived experience of disability in Cambridgeshire.

18th January 2017

12.30pm – 3.30pm

Anglia Ruskin, Lord Ashcroft Building

Cambridge Campus, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Places are limited so if you wish to attend please contact us as soon as possible to book your place.

There are car parking spaces for blue badge holders.  Should you wish to reserve a parking space please let me know your name, car registration and contact details, in order for a space to be reserved for you.

If you would like to book a place for either or both of these events then please contact me, James Saunders, here at CAIL and I shall get back to you to confirm your booking in the New Year.  Please also inform me of any dietary, travel, accessibility or any other additional needs you may have.

0300 111 2301