Children and Young People

WECIL runs a range of services for disabled children and young people in different areas of Bristol and B&NEs.

We provide 1:1 volunteer befriending support and a variety of different session based activities.

All of our services are designed to ensure that children and young people can build skills and knowledge, grow in confidence, interact in different social environments and help build positive relationships.

You can find out what different services are available in the drop down menus below:

I live in Bristol

As part of Bristol City Council’s Short Breaks WECIL lead the Out and About Consortium which provides a variety of opportunities for disabled children and young people between the ages of 5-19.

We work with National Autistic Society, Sense and Khaas to provide a range of services for disabled children and young people. 

For more information on the Out and About services available in Bristol please contact us: outandabout@wecil.co.uk

You can also view the Out and About Leaflet here.

Please note: Whilst we are still aiming to support as many families and disabled children/young people as possible, our services may differ due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please contact us if you would like further information on how we are staying safe or what we are delivering. 

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.

WECIL Evening Knowle

Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, BS4 1JP

WECIL Evening Hillfields

Tuesdays 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Hillfields Youth Centre, Thicket Avenue BS16 4EH

WECIL Evening Southmead

Thursdays 7pm – 9.30pm

Southmead Adventure Playground, Greystoke Avenue, BS10 6AS

 

For more information please contact the Out and About team on:

Email: outandabout@wecil.co.uk Telephone: 07835611651

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:

· Cinema

· Bowling

· Indoor Surfing

· Longleat Safari Park

· White Water Rafting

· Music and Drama Workshops

· Trampoline Parks

· 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:

Email: outandabout@wecil.co.uk Telephone: 07835611651

Action Speak, is a group 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, 7.00-8.30pm (Term Time only)

For more information please contact Nicki Beaumont (outreach worker) on:

Email: Nicki.beautmont@wecil.co.uk  Telephone: 07835611651

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.

You can hear more about the Listening Partnership here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmQ8WyW1Ik4&t=1s

For more information please contact Carol Grant (LP Key Worker)

Email: carol.grant@wecil.co.uk

Telephone: 07825315768

Time2Share@WECIL’s Befriending Service links disabled children and young people 1:1 with a volunteer ‘buddy’.

Our volunteer Befrienders offer a supportive and reliable relationship to a child/young person who would otherwise be socially isolated.  They can offer up to 2 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 are able to support 5-18 year olds.

For more information or to make a referral to the service, please contact our Bristol Befriending referrals team.

Email: outandabout@wecil.co.uk

Telephone: 07835 611651

I live in B&NES

Time2Share @ WECIL provides regular evening sessions during term time for young disabled people living in B&NEs, as well as one to one befriending support. 

We work in the Space for Me Partnership to deliver sessions in B&NEs for Young Disabled People between the ages of 5-21.

For more information on the entire space for me programme please look at the Space for me leaflet: https://e-voice.org.uk/cypn/files/view/website-docs/BAPP_Space_for_Me_Leaflet_-_double_spread.jpg

Please note: Whilst we are still aiming to support as many families and disabled children/young people as possible, our services may differ due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please contact us if you would like further information on how we are staying safe or what we are delivering. 
 

We deliver a weekly session in Saltford for disabled young people aged 8-13 (term-time only) the group is led by and for the young people so we always plan our sessions on what the Children and Young People would like to do!

Wednesdays 5.30pm – 8.30pm (Term-time only)

For Disabled Children and Young People aged 8-13

Saltford Community Hall, Wedmore Rd, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3BY

For more information please contact Cleis (B&NEs Key Worker)

Email: cleis.masterson@wecil.co.uk

 

We deliver two evening sessions a month and one longer Saturday session in Radstock for Disabled Young people aged 13-21 (term-time only). The group helps develop lasting friendships and is completely led by the Young People. We try to do lots of exciting sessions and try to collaborate as much as possible with our Bristol groups to give the young people the opportunity to do more exciting things.

For more information please contact Cleis (B&NEs Key Worker)

Email: cleis.masterson@wecil.co.uk

Time2Share@WECIL’s Befriending Service links disabled children and young people 1:1 with a volunteer ‘buddy’.

Our volunteer Befrienders offer a supportive and reliable relationship to a child/young person who would otherwise be socially isolated.  They can offer up to 2 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 B&NES we are able to support 0-19 year olds.

For more information or to make a referral to the service, please contact our B&NES Befriending referrals team.

Email: befriending@wecil.co.uk

Telephone: 07542 521509

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