Bristol disability service WECIL is making waves for accessibility and inclusion

Bristol disability service WECIL is making waves for accessibility and inclusion

Posted on: 08 Feb 2019

As one of Bristol’s busiest disability services, WECIL is a key influencer in support, rights activism and workplace representation: after all, it is a user-led service. And now It's time to celebrate their work. 


The team at West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) is committed to providing disabled people with more choice and control in their lives. But in 2019, they’re wasting no time. Just weeks into the new year, the service has already achieved a significant amount. At, we love to highlight the best of our city. So, we’ve compiled some of the service’s latest triumphs for you to discover!


Making our region more accessible and inclusive 

WECIL supports businesses and organisations to become more accessible and inclusive by providing Disability Equality Training, Mental Health Awareness Training and Access Audits. Recently, the team worked with The University of Gloucestershire to facilitate an Access Audit for a new campus. Since, the new campus has seen the implementation of accessible tables, intercom systems specifically designed for disabled people alongside spacious lifts and hallways. 


Alongside this, the team have been working with Bristol Airport to support them to improve the current waiting area for disabled passengers. They’re asking individuals who identify as disabled to provide their feedback. You can do this here. If you are a parent or guardian of a disabled child who would like to answer the questionnaire you can do so here. 

WECIL are a Bristol forerunner

A provider of top-quality training

WECIL has just announced that not only have they helped create accessible spaces, but they are also now offering CPD-accredited training which encourages more dynamic workplaces. The service’s Disability Equality Training is now CPD accredited, which means the course is now characterised by a recognised and respected approach to learning! 


And they've got brand-new course slots for 2019! 

Next month, WECIL are holding Mental Health Awareness Training. The course is open to individuals and businesses alike who would like to gain a better understanding of mental health conditions and how to manage conditions in the workplace. The event is happening on 15  March 2019. You can book on now. 


Besides Mental Health Awareness Training, WECIL has announced their first dates for Better Together Courses. Better Together is a free pre-employment course for anyone who identifies as disabled. The course is for those who are on the first steps of their journey back into employment or learning. The course concentrates on building confidence and improving wellbeing. The February-March course has just started, but more will be coming later this year! 


To find out more about WECIL and their many services, visit the website. The West of England Inclusive Centre for Living is located The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Bristol, BS16 2QQ. Telephone: 0117 947 9911. 

Article by:

Kate Hutchison

Kate is a second-year Philosophy student at the University of Bristol. Alongside helping to run the online side of the university's independent student newspaper, Kate regularly contributes to music platforms in the city. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @katefhutchison