Anne’s story

When Anne started volunteering at WECIL she was at a real low point. With support of the team, she grew in confidence and skills - so much so that she is now a permanent member of the team!

“When I first started volunteering at WECIL I was petrified of answering the phone. My stomach would turn at the sound of the phone ringing, and my hands would start to sweat and tremble.

I had first contacted WECIL after seeing a volunteer position advertised on the Job Centre website. I was unemployed and spending a lot of time at home – feeling isolated and lacking in self-confidence. I knew I needed a purpose and had heard good things about WECIL, so I applied to volunteer in the office for a few hours a week.

We agreed a start date but I was unable to go ahead, as a few days before, my dad fell ill and sadly passed away suddenly. A week afterwards my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a really tough time, but the volunteer coordinator at WECIL kept checking-in with me and offering support, until I was ready to begin the position. 

When I started in the admin team I was very unsure of myself and hated answering the telephone so much that I avoided it for eight months!

However, with the support of the team, I learnt new skills and started to grow in confidence and self-esteem. A year later, when a paid position came up in the same team – I applied for the job and was successful.

I have now been Trustee Liaison Administrator for a year and I really love my job – the environment is always supportive and the tasks varied. Every now and then I help out on Reception and don’t give answering the phone a second thought! I honestly believe that it is only because of the kindness and patience of the WECIL staff that I have blossomed.”



25 Feb
  • Peer Support lunch meet up

    Disabled people together to share experiences, support each…

    The Park Centre, Daventry Rd, Knowle, Bristol BS4 1DQ, 12:00 pm

  • The Listening Partnership

    Agroup of young disabled people…

    The Station, Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG, UK, 7:00 pm

26 Feb
  • Peer Support lunch meet up

    Disabled people together to share experiences, support each…

    Greenway Centre & Cafe, Doncaster Rd, Bristol BS10 5PY, UK, 12:00 pm


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We want to hear from our community! We are currently planning our summer event and we would your ideas, suggestions and input. To have your say or to find out how to be involved please follow the link #collaboration #community A great opportunity to hear some poetry by Poet, Stephen Lightbrown. Also a good guide to some accessible laces in Bristol! #DisabilityRights #improveaccess #poetrycommunity