Peer Support

‘’It gives me something to look forward to’’ Chris

''It has made me feel more confident in myself, I now do things that I would never have tried beforehand’’ Erica

Available to anyone living in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BANES or North Somerset, 18 years or over

Our Peer Support Community brings disabled people together to share experiences, support each other and try new things. The Community enjoys regular meetups, workshops, activities, day trips and training sessions. We work together to create social opportunities, based on the wants and needs of the community.

  • 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?

If any of the above relates to you, then please join our friendly Peer Support Community!

WECIL runs regular meet up sessions across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and BANES, 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.

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 or low cost to attend. We can support people with transport or access needs.  Please get in touch if you feel there is something that prevents you from joining in – we are here to help you find solutions.

You can download the Winter Peer Support Programme here – Winter Programme

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. 

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.”

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