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.
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.
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.