Compass Advocacy Network

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We need your help to keep our services going.

CAN is a unique, fairly small (but significant) user-led charity of people with learning disabilities, based in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland but working throughout the Causeway Area up to Ballymena.

We are extremely proud of our organisation as it has retained all of the unique qualities from its inception including remaining user-led and managed, independent, progressive and proactive.

Our underpinning aim is to create an organisation for informed and empowered individuals to push back the barriers to enable them to have the same fulfilling and creative opportunities as every other citizen therefore leading to our membership taking control over their own lives and destinies…“Enhancing Lives…Creating Change” .

We work with people with learning disabilities aged 12 and over…we have several Social Enterprises including Can Can Recycling, Can Can Bazaar (our shop) and Can Can Bubbles, our launderette.  Best Buddies NI works with children aged 12-18, enabling friendships between disabled young people and their non-disabled peers.

The Base projects (in Ballymena, Coleraine and Ballymoney) enable people to have an alternative to traditional daycare and to access fun and leisure activities in their local communities.

100% of the proceeds from our Social Enterprises go to support local people with learning disabilities.  We also campaign for the rights of people with learning disabilities in our area.

Become a member of CAN and you can:


To join CAN, there is no set fee, just give what you can afford − Your donation will cover all members of your immediate family − If you have a learning disability, your membership is free! Anyone can join, whether you have a learning disability, are a carer, belong to an organisation or are someone who just wants to support us. As a member you will receive a newsletter, and will be able to ask questions and vote at our AGM. It also ensures that you are among the first to hear what CAN is up to. Our membership enables our staff and trustees to speak from a position of strength when campaigning, applying for funding or representing the organisation at meetings.

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