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

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17 Dec
18 Dec
  • Inclusion Group

    Youth group open to young disabled people in…

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Please be aware that the WECIL offices will be closed over Christmas from Friday 21st December, 5 pm - 2nd January 2019 10 am. If you have any inquiries please ensure you contact the team before the 21st. https://t.co/V9hYPFFr4A WECILBristol photo
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Next week is your last chance to submit your response to Bristol City Council's consultation on its budget. The deadline for responses is midnight on Monday 17 of December. You can see Voscurs response here https://t.co/5wA5qJJAos
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We are excited to have begun our consultation with @BristolAirport to support them to improve the journey for disabled passengers and passengers with learning difficulties. Good to see access and customer journey is high on the agenda! https://t.co/meNJUzjDHT WECILBristol photo