Charity to hold festival to showcase opportunities for disabled people

PUBLISHED: 08:04 13 September 2018

Portishead Youth Centre

Portishead Youth Centre


A charity which provides support for disabled people is holding a festival in Portishead to enable people to find out more about its activities.

The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) is run by disabled people to help those with physical impairments, mental health problems, learning disabilities and long-term health conditions.

WECIL was set up in Bristol more than 20 years ago and it has now branched out into North Somerset.

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The Festival of Life and Living will take place at Portishead Youth Centre, in Harbour Road, on September 22 from 11am-3pm.

The event is being held to enable people to find out about the opportunities available to them and how they can access more support if needed.

Anne Morley, from WECIL, said: “We would like to showcase accessible opportunities for anyone with a disability or health condition, or who feels socially isolated.

“We aim to have sporting opportunities to try, the opportunity to make your own music and take the recording home with you, ideas for equipment to make life just a little bit easier and much more.

“Free seated yoga, tai chi and accessible dance will be available for all attendees.

“There will also be a raffle with great prizes and refreshments available.”

People can pop along on the day to have a go at a variety of games and music, to try out different exercises and pick up advice on health and fitness.

Experts will also be on hand to give tips on how to access support with daily tasks.

WECIL’s peer support community is responsible for putting on events for people across North Somerset.

The group brings disabled people together to support each other and share experiences and members regularly meet up to take part in workshops, activities, social events, day trips and training sessions.

The peer support community is open to anyone over the age of 18 in North Somerset who considers themselves disabled – physically or mentally – or has a long-term health condition.

People will be able tell the community what opportunities they would like to see in North Somerset at the Festival of Life and Living.

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