What makes us unique?

WECIL grew out of a need for disabled people to manage and run their own services. Twenty years later, we've grown to be one of the largest Centres for Independent Living - supporting disabled people with a wide range of services. Here's what makes us who we are:

We are here for whatever disabled people need

We work with anyone who identifies as being a disabled person including people with physical impairments, mental health conditions and learning difficulties. We believe that only through your personal experience can you know if you consider yourself to be disabled; not from a label applied by someone else.

One size does not fit all, so we run a whole range of services designed to support disabled people in different areas or at different times of their lives – whenever they need it.

Together, these services form a holistic package of support which enables disabled people to have more choice over how they wish to live their lives. 

 

Disabled people lead and run the organisation

WECIL formed in 1995 after disabled people campaigned to develop and run a service which would give them more control over their lives – Direct Payments Services. 

Today, our fourteen different services continue to be run by and for disabled people. Three quarters of our Board of Trustees are  disabled people, as well as a large proportion of our staff, so we know the issues that are facing us and work together to provide the support that is needed.    

 

We believe that communities are stronger and healthier when everyone is able to contribute

The Social Model of Disability is at the heart of everything we do. It states that it’s not a person’s individual impairment that disables them, but rather the world in which they live. A person is ‘dis-abled’ by the barriers that society around them creates, which stops them from being able to live the life that they choose.

That’s why you’ll see us using the term ‘disabled person’ instead of ‘person with disabilities’. 

We know that the support we provide strengthens communities. With increased confidence, social networks and work opportunities, disabled people can contribute more fully to society. So, for every £1 invested in WECIL’s work, we bring over £5 worth of value back to the community. 

Calendar

Calendar

17 Nov
  • MS Advice Clinic BrAMS

    The advice clinic runs every 2nd Tuesday and…

    Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis Centre BrAMS Southmead Hospital Southmead Road Westbury-on-Trym BS10 5NB, Bristol, 11:00 am

18 Nov
20 Nov
  • Work Club drop-in

    Free sessions open to disabled people and older…

    The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Bristol BS16 2QQ, UK, 10:00 am

Twitter
10 hours ago
"Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
14 hours ago
Listen out for WECIL's Emma Kneebone on @BBCbristol morning, she will be talking about our Inclusion Project that is funded by Children in @BBCCiN @BBCCiN
1 day ago
WECIL are thankful to Children in Need, without whom we could not run the Inclusion Project. We hope the appeal night goes well tomorrow! https://t.co/92wV3vwhl0 https://t.co/p0km5y2kOZ WECILBristol photo