Good news from WECIL as they look towards a busy Autumn

Good news from WECIL as they look towards a busy Autumn

Posted on: 08 Oct 2018

Bristol-based supported living charity WECIL have published the details of their ongoing work on a number of projects in 2018, with plans for the future as well as congratulations for outstanding work from employees and volunteers! Run by and for disabled people and operating in and around the Bristol area, WECIL is able to provide support to over 4,000 people every year - read on to find out exactly how they do it.

WECIL are able to support over 4,000 people every year through their tireless community work.

Action Speak

A new term of Action Speak is underway! Taking place on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm, the weekly sessions engage with young disabled people and young people with learning difficulties aged 16-25 and offer supported workshops, professional-standard performance opportunities and employment paths into the creative industries. The free group is led in partnership with the renowned Traveling Light Theatre group, and there are still a few spaces remaining this term. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact Traveling Light via email to find out more.


More great work from the Business Development Team

WECIL's Business Development Team has been hard at work alongside local businesses and organisations to deliver comprehensive Disability Equality Training, promoting and encouraging a more inclusive workforce through innovative and engaging training sessions. This month the team managed to provide full training to Bristol Play Bus and members of staff at Bristol City Council. For more information about WECIL's Business Support Services, get in touch with Business Support Manager, Kinny, on 0117 947 9918 or via email. Alternatively, if you're an employer and you'd like to book individual team members on to a Disability Equality Course, then you can get them onto the November training session here.


Success at The Festival of Life and Living

The Peer Support Team at WECIL hosted a fantastic event in September that showcased all of the local, accessible and social activities available to people in and around the local area. With huge amounts of effort put into the preparation and organisation of the Festival of Life and Living, the team were able to ensure that there was a wide variety of different activities for everyone to enjoy on the day. The Peer Support Team's hard work in making the festival in Portishead such a success certainly hasn't gone unnoticed, and special thanks go to the wonderful volunteers that gave their time to the organisation of the day. For more information on future Peer Support events or trips, contact the team on 0117 947 9942 or via email.


Further Skills for Care Training Dates scheduled in October and November

Following the success of a Human Resources and Medication Handling course, funded by Skills for Care, WECIL have organised further training sessions to allow Direct Payment employers and Personal Assistants to gain useful knowledge and skills related to their roles and responsibilities. For more information on the upcoming courses, or if you would like to attend any of them, head to the booking portal or contact the organisers via email.


September Volunteer of the Month

Access to Change leader Steve Ledbrook has been named as WECIL's Volunteer of the Month for September. Not only has Steve been spearheading the project aimed at highlighting the access issues faced by disabled people, he also played a crucial role in the organisation of the Festival of Life and Living. His passion and enthusiasm make him a vital part of the WECIL team - look out for a series of videos from Steve and Knowle West Media Centre addressing access issues in Bristol.


For any more information about WECIL or their tireless work providing support to those affected by disability in and around Bristol, contact them via email or catch up with their progress on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Article by:

Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt recently completed a degree in Journalism at UWE. He's keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends live music and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at