Gillian Baker, general manager of NECIL, said: "The CIL model is an enterprise, independent living hub and spoke project, forming the first stage of a wider network of CILs within the region.
NECIL provides a number of services to support disabled people who want to work and lead independent lives.
Diane Roberts of NECIL
said: "Previously disabled people have been the victims of so-called "purpose-built" facilities.
Aroma, on High Street, Norton, is operated by charity NECIL
(North East Centre for Independent Living).