WECIL runs regular sessions every month for children and young disabled people in different areas of Bristol and B&NEs.
Sessions include activities that enable children and young people to build skills and knowledge, grow in confidence, interact in a social environment and develop lasting friendships.
Children and 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.
As part of Bristol City Council’s Short Breaks WECIL lead the Out and About Consortium which provides a variety of activities for children and young people between the ages of 5-19.
WECIL provides regular evening sessions for young disabled people living in Bristol. The sessions are open to young disabled and non-disabled people aged 13-19 years old. We always welcome new people and will ensure that any access needs are met.
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.
Monday evenings 7.00pm – 9.00pm
The Station, BS1 2AG
Please be aware that these sessions do not run every week. For exact dates please visit our Calendar.
WECIL Saturday Sessions
Regular Saturday club for disabled young people aged 13-19 living in the Bristol area, providing respite for parents and carers.
Young People help choose and decide what activities they would like to do.
We provide a range of activities from centre-based delivery to trips and visits within Bristol and further away! Previous trips have included:
Longleat Safari Park
White Water Rafting
Music and Drama Workshops
Day visits to other cities
Please note we aim to ensure that we provide a range of accessible activities that all disabled young people will be able to access.
To access our Saturday sessions we ask that Young People attend our evening sessions so that the staff can build positive relationships and get to know each young person before taking them out and about in the community.
For more information please contact the Out and About team on:
Action Speak, a new group supported by the Youth Investment Fund for disabled young people aged 16-25, we 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. This activity is completely open access: everyone aged 16 – 25 can join in, all they need is a registration form.
Wednesdays, 7.00-9.00pm (Term Time)
The Salvation Army, Hassell Drive, BS2 0AN
For more information please contact Nicki Beaumont (outreach worker) on:
Saltford Community Hall, Wedmore Rd, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3BY
Time2Share @ WECIL – Radstock
Fridays 6.00pm – 9.00pm (Term-time only)
For Disabled Children and Young People aged 13-21
Radstock Children’s Centre, Greystone Building, Church St, Radstock BA3 3QQ
For more information please contact Cleis (B&NEs Key Worker)
Time2Share @ WECIL – Befriending
Time2Share@WECIL’s Befriending Service links disabled children and young people 1:1 with a volunteer ‘buddy’. Our volunteer Befrienders can offer 2-3 hours of support per week and are recruited in line with Local Authority safer recruitment guidance which includes enhanced DBS checks, training and references.
The service gives disabled children and young people an opportunity to go out independently, increase their self-confidence and enjoy activities with their volunteer. Parents/carers and other family members get an opportunity for a much needed break or a chance to spend time doing something for themselves.
We currently offer support to disabled children and young people in Bristol and B&NES. In Bristol we support 5-18 year olds and in B&NES we support 0-19 year olds.
For more information or to make a referral to the service please contact our Befriending Co-ordinators Jo Phillip or Dee Coogan.
The Listening Partnership is a group of young people in Bristol with special educational needs or disabilities aged 13-19 years old, or up to age 25 with learning difficulties. Watch our video to learn what issues they have been tackling this year.
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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