Peer Support

Our Peer Support Project brings disabled people together to share experiences, support each other and try new things. Sessions are run by disabled people, and the content is shaped by you!
  • Do you live in Bristol or the surrounding area, identify as a disabled person and are over 18 years old?
  • Would you like to share your experiences with others and learn from theirs?
  • Would you like to learn new skills and try out activities that you and your peers have organised?
  • Would you like to visit interesting local attractions that might otherwise be difficult to reach on your own?

Then WECIL’s Peer Support project is for you!

  • Regular meet up sessions
  • Workshops
  • Activities
  • Day trips
  • Training

WECIL runs monthly meet up sessions in North, East and South Bristol, organised by specially trained volunteers who are disabled people themselves. The group decides what they would like the session to include and then goes about making it happen! Previous activities have included: drumming workshops, ‘researching your family tree’, accessible sports and creative writing.

Regular sessions 

North Bristol meet up 

12pm – 2pm

Last Tuesday of the month

CHANGE OF VENUE! Please contact peersupport@wecil.co.uk or call 0117 947 9942 for the latest information

East Bristol meet up

12pm – 2pm

First Tuesday of the month

Farmhouse Pub, Wellington Road, Bristol, BS37 5UY

South Bristol meet up

12pm – 2pm

Last Monday of the month

The Park Local Opportunity Centre, 45 Daventry Road, Bristol BS4 1DQ.

North Somerset meet up

Starting soon – see our calendar for details of launch and consultation sessions 

Creative Challenge

12.30 – 2.30pm 

Last Thursday of the month

The Trinity Centre, Bristol, BS2 0NE

Pub social evening

6pm – 7.30pm

Second Tuesday of the month

The Old Post Office, Bristol, BS16 3TT

For exact dates, and details of other activities we run – please see our calendar

The project has been funded by the Big Lottery – all sessions are free to attend and transport costs are usually also covered. If you’d like to find out more, come along to one of the sessions, and / or train as a volunteer, please contact the team on 0117 947 9942 or email peersupport@wecil.co.uk

Watch the video

Disabled woman at Bristol Harbourside
Collette’s story

“As a Peer Support volunteer, I found disabled people supporting and advising each other, benefiting from sharing experiences.

“My experiences travelling abroad meant I could help someone else plan their first trip on a plane. This sort of project would have really helped me when I was younger.”

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

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