Research and Reports
The “Experiences of Disabled Children and their Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic” survey was launched by WECIL in October of 2020. This was in direct response to WECIL hearing informally from families about their experiences during lockdown and wanting to capture this in a more formal way.
The initial questionnaire asked families to share their experiences of the COVID-19 crisis and resulted in 54 responses from parents and carers throughout Bristol, B&NES and South Gloucestershire. Following analysis of the questionnaires, some emerging key themes were identified and resulted in more in-depth focus groups being set up.
This report is about Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs). Disabled People in Bristol have a long and proud history of organising to advance their interests and to push for a greater say over how their communities and city are run. Since the late 1980s, DPOs – which are controlled by the Disabled people they represent – have been a constant presence within the city in the form of campaigning and lobbying groups, providers of services, or venues for peer support and empowerment.
Through the work that DPOs have done, and the challenges they’ve raised to policies and practices which disempower their members; the way in which Bristolians think about everything from social care to public space and community politics have been affected.
We provide a range of holistic services for anyone that identifies as a disabled person.
Since 1995 we have been working to challenge restrictions and change the possibilities for Disabled people in the South West. These past 18 months have been one of the most difficult and heartbreaking times for the country yet again and unacceptably impacting Disabled People the hardest.
With the support of our workforce who stepped out beyond their usual roles and departments, we achieved so much to protect Disabled People throughout the pandemic. Through this, WECIL was able to award grants of £1,000 to £25,000 to DPOs across the South West to ensure that Disabled People were less isolated, more independent and that their voices are heard and reflected in recovery strategies. We will continue to be your voice to decision-makers.