WECIL

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

We provide 1:1 volunteer befriending support and a variety of  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:

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 / SEND 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 – 9.00pm

The Park, Daventry Road, Bristol, BS4 1DQ

WECIL Evening Hillfields

Tuesdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Hillfields Youth Centre, Thicket Avenue BS16 4EH

WECIL Evening Southmead

Thursdays 7pm – 9.00pm

Southmead Adventure Playground, Greystoke Avenue, BS10 6AS

Telephone: 07835611651

Regular Saturday club for Disabled / SEND 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.

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)

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

 

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.

Please note that whilst our volunteer Befrienders undertake training, we cannot guarantee that they will have the necessary experience in dealing with any specific needs. Our volunteers are not expected to administer medication, or assist with personal care. These factors should be taken into consideration when assessing a child or young person’s suitability for this service.

 

WECIL’s Play service provides a range of family activities for disabled and SEND children aged 5-12 and their siblings. 

We also run a programme of drop off activities for disabled children aged 8-12.  We run regular venue based sessions as well as some which are out and about in the community (trips to the zoo, cinema etc). 

Sessions are free to attend but prior booking is essential.  

For more information please contact our Outreach Workers, 

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