Experts by Experience

A voice for disabled people in the local area

Our Experts by Experience project is dedicated to providing a voice for disabled people in Bristol and the surrounding areas. WECIL’s Experts have been involved in giving their voice in Bristol NHS wheelchair budgets group, worked with Healthwatch to feedback on disabled people’s experiences of GP provision in Bristol and inputted into the DWP’s Work, Health & Disability Green Paper. Our Experts have also used their lived experience of disability to produce self-help videos which give advice about how to apply for disabled people’s benefits. You can view the videos on WECIL’s YouTube channel.

Additionally, our Experts are meeting as part of a regular panel to consult with local organisations to give feedback about how they are doing on accessibility and disability equality. In 2019, the Experts by Experience Panel met with:

  • First Bus
  • Great Western Railway
  • Bristol Airport
  • Bristol is Open – Programmable Cities
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Bristol City Council

We are looking to increase the number of panel members to provide as strong a voice as possible for disabled people in Bristol and the surrounding areas. The panel meets once every 6 weeks from 6pm until 8pm in Fishponds. We can cover your travel expenses to get there and food is provided. If you are interested in joining our Experts, or want to know more then please contact Hannah, our volunteer team leader.

Email: hannah.nuttall@wecil.co.uk

Mobile: 07973686001

There are many consultations which affect our members across the region. This page is a place for you to easily see what the local authorities and NHS providers are consulting on in the region. Please click on the links of any that interest you to start filing them out. If you would like some support filling out any consultations then please contact Hannah. You can view the list below:

Open Consultations

Taxi Accessibility Survey

WECIL is working with the Taxi Forum to ensure taxi usage is accessible and safe to the widest range of people.

Taxi Accessibility Survey: https://forms.gle/x2ncKKEm8TiF3ko46

By completing this survey you will help us gather data which will be presented to taxi companies and Council policy makers.

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