About DaCE
Centre for Independent Living
Independent Living Services
PA and Direct Payments Employer Training
DaCE Payroll Services
Welfare Benefits Advice
DaCE Social Enterprises
Contact details


DaCE has been awarded funding by Skills for Care to provide training for Direct payments employers and their personal assistants. The sessions cover topics important to PAs and employers, and are happening across the county between June 2016 and March 2017

See the dedicated page for more details

The Disability Association Carlisle & Eden and the Centre for Independent Living are now located in the centre of Carlisle on St Nicholas Street. 

Welcome to Disability association Carlisle & Eden working in Cumbria to support disabled people's independence

DaCE is the home of support for stress-free Direct Payments, offering the full range of support and guidance for anyone employing their own PAs or managing their own Direct Payment or Personal Budget.

DaCE is a user-led organisation of local disabled people established in Carlisle in 1999 to provide services and support for disabled people who live and work in Cumbria. DaCE is a local organisation that only exists to support local disabled people and their families and carers and as a not-for-profit charity all of our funds are spent on providing support for people in Cumbria.  

DaCE has a number of offices but our main base is in the centre of Carlisle on St Nicholas Street very close to junction 42 of the M6, and a stone's throw from Scotland. 

Cumbria is a very large area geographically and mainly rural, with all of the problems that are normally associated with rural areas, namely isolation, lack of access, especially where public transport is concerned, inadequate service and support infrastructure, absence of locally accessible advice and information, and, of course, poor awareness of the issues facing disabled people. It is these barriers to full inclusion in society which we work to combat.    


At DaCE our aim is to involve local disabled people in developing, managing and running the services local people need. We also want to provide the support disabled people need in order to achieve greater independence, and as part of this we have now established a Centre for Independent Living(CIL) in Carlisle. This has only been possible with the help of Cumbria County Councillor Stewart Young, an ardent campaigner for better opportunities so that disabled people can take control of their own lives. 

There are a wide range of services available from our offices throughout the county. The pages on this website describe some of our projects and activities. If you want to know more about any of these please contact us. You can e-mail us at DaCEbase@aol.com or directly from this web-site if you go to the contacts page. Alternatively you can call us on 01228 674882. 

The DaCE staff team: Welfare Benefits Advisers, Independent Living Co-ordinators, Indepedent Living Advisers, Payroll Officers, Finance Officers, User Involvement Officer, Training officer, Project Development Officers - all working to support local disabled people.

We have offices in Carlisle:

3, St Nicholas Street

Carlisle  CA1 2EF

Tel:  01228 674882        

and in Barrow:

Room 304, College House

Howard Street, Barrow-in-Furness  LA14 1NB

Tel: 01229 870272