Services for young disabled people

WECIL runs regular sessions every month for young disabled people in different areas of Bristol. Sessions include activities that enable young people to build skills and knowledge, grow in confidence, interact in a social environment and develop lasting friendships.

Young people are supported to develop skills to help them live more independently and make informed choices in a fun, safe and welcoming environment. Activities may include games, sports, arts & crafts, shopping, cooking, socialising with friends and day trips.

Session details are below; please check our calendar for upcoming dates.

Inclusion Group

Regular group for disabled young people and non-disabled young people in Bristol aged 13-18 years old. This group is funded by Children in Need, and you can watch a short film about it made by BBC Points West. 

Hartcliffe

Every Tuesday 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Hartcliffe Club for Young People, BS13 9A

Hillfields

Alternate Tuesdays 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Hillfields Youth Centre, BS16 4EH

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Creative Youth Network

A regular group for disabled young people aged 13-19 years old, or with learning difficulties up to age 25.

These sessions are funded by Bristol Youth Links

Lawrence Hill

These sessions run on Wednesdays, 7.00pm -9.00pm.

Please be aware that these sessions do not run every week. For exact dates please visit our Calendar.

Salvation Army Hall, Hassell Drive, BS2 0AN

Hillfields

Tuesdays 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Please be aware that these sessions do not run every week. For exact dates please visit our Calendar. 

Hillfields Youth Centre, BS16 4EH

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The Listening Partnership

A regular forum group for young disabled people in Bristol aged 13-19 years old, or with learning difficulties up to age 25. Young people are encouraged to have their say and learn about their rights, with guest speakers and workshops across a range of topics. The group is also regularly consulted by the local council, and involved in projects with other local organisations.

City Centre

Monday evenings 7.00pm – 9.00pm

The Station, BS1 2AG

Independent living skills sessions

Sessions for young disabled people aged 15-18 years old in the Bristol area. Activities are based around developing skills that enable young disabled people to live more independently and make informed choices.

St Philips

Tuesday evenings 7:00pm – 9:pm

Salvation Army Hall, BS2 0AN

 

Out and About – short breaks

Regular Saturday club for disabled young people aged 13-18 living in the Bristol area, providing respite for parents and carers.

Saturdays 10.00am-3.00pm

Hartcliffe

Hartcliffe Club for Young People, BS13 9AE (twice per month)

Hillfields

Hillfields Youth Centre, BS16 4EH (twice per month)

These sessions are part of the ‘Out and About’ programme, which offers a range of services for young disabled people, children and their families to access short breaks. WECIL leads a consortium of organisations that together provide: day trips, after school clubs, holiday activities, a befriender service and a targeted BME service. For more info about our partners and the services they provide please see the Out and About leaflet or the Out and About Facebook page.

Action Speak 

Action Speak, a new group supported by the Youth Investment Fund for disabled young people aged 16-25, will offer weekly supported workshops, professional standard performance opportunities and employment paths into the creative arts. The group is led in partnership with Traveling Light Theatre. The group are also delivering free monthly drop in workshops in the local community and free curated theatre trips throughout the year. This activity is completely open access: everyone aged 10 – 18 can join in, all they need is a registration form. These sessions take place every Wednesday, 7 pm – 8:30 pm. 

For more information about any of these groups, contact:

Youth Service Manager, Phil Cotgreave on phil.cotgreave@wecil.co.uk and 07973685979

You can also connect with us on Facebook or Twitter

Annie’s story

Annie started going to WECIL youth groups when she was thirteen years old. Now fifteen, she still loves the groups and is a regular attendee. 

Zac’s story

After attending one of WECIL’s youth groups for a year, Zac decided that youth work was the career for him. Now being trained by WECIL, Zac draws on his own experiences of growing up to support the young disabled people at our group sessions.

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Our support and information is for anyone in Bristol and the surrounding areas that identifies as being a disabled person.

Calendar

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