WECIL launch ‘WECIL Citywide’ youth projects to engage with more young disabled people in Bristol.

April 6th, 2018

WECIL (West of England Centre for Independent Living) are excited to announce that they have successfully secured funding from Bristol City Council to continue to run and expand their short breaks and youth participation groups which positively engage with young disabled people in Bristol. The new funding will allow us to roll out two new projects so that they can continue to make a positive impact on more young disabled people living in Bristol.

As part of the new service WECIL will be teaming up with LPW (Learning Partnership West) who together will offer 76 sessions after school, 12 all day Saturday short break sessions and 2 city wide schools holiday sessions over the next twelve months.

Young disabled people can access the service from Southmead, Hillfields and at the Station in the centre of the city.

These are open access sessions so anyone who has special educational needs or is disabled can come along and get involved in sport music and independent living activities or just to meet new people and make friends.

WECIL have also been successful in securing funding a to continue to run The Listening Partnership, a participation group for young disabled people from Bristol that meet monthly at City Hall to collect the voice of young disabled people from across the city and influence the services that they receive.

WECIL are passionate about ensuring everyone has equal opportunities and strive to ensure that no one is excluded from society. We always encourage new people to join our groups and will ensure that all access needs are met.

LPW transforms the lives of children and young people through exceptional play activities, support and education.  LPW delivers services where the biggest differences and most impact can be made for people and communities.

‘’We are excited to be working with LPW; together we look forward to creating more opportunities for young disabled people in Bristol and extending our services to more young people across the city.’’

If you or someone you know would like to access the groups then please contact Youth Services Manager, Emma Kneebone on:

Telephone: 0117 947 9911

Telephone: 07795 446317

More information about the groups/sessions can be found on the WECIL website, you can also visit their calendar page for specific dates.




18 Mar
  • The Listening Partnership

    Agroup of young disabled people…

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

  • WECIL Citywide Central

    A youth group for young disabled people in…

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

19 Mar
  • Inclusion Group

    Youth group open to young disabled people in…

    , 7:00 pm

Twitter WECIL are looking to recruit a highly motivated and confident person to join our team as a Disabled People’s Advisor, check our website for full details and to apply. @HWBristol @BristolCouncil @bristoljob

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