Support groups to help disabled people in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 February 2019

Christmas craft at Number 65.

Christmas craft at Number 65.


An exercise group and a craft club are helping to tackle social isolation in Nailsea and Backwell.

Seated yoga run by WECIL.Seated yoga run by WECIL.

The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) supports more than 4,000 disabled people each year by bringing people together.

WECIL’s peer support community has set up a seated yoga group in Backwell and a craft club in Nailsea to enable people to meet others in a similar situation.

Emma Gwynne from WECIL said: “The (peer support) community aims to tackle isolation by bringing people together – to try something new and get to know each other while you do.

“Accessibility is the main focus, the groups are much the same as any other but with a slight difference.

“They are inclusive groups that allow you to enjoy yourself, take your time and feel comfortable – there are no expectations on you.

“If for any reason you don’t enjoy attending mainstream activities – you may experience difficulties in getting there, accessing the venue, not feeling like you fit in, needing a bit of support or a bit more consideration within the group – going along to one of WECIL’s groups can give you the confidence to give things a try.”

Seated yoga caters for people who find it difficult to get down on the floor for conventional yoga and exercises are adapted to suit individual’s needs.

The craft club, which is held at Number 65, in High Street, enables people of all abilities to explore their creativity.

WECIL’s Peer Support Community has been running since 2011, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery.

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The inclusive groups are open to anyone over the age of 18 and people are welcome to take along a family member, friend or carer.

Emma added: “The peer support community is very informal – the group hopes to appeal to what you want to do and can encourage you to go along because it’s fun, relaxing and most of all friendly.”

Seated yoga meets at Backwell Parish Hall, in Station Road, on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 11am-12.30pm.

The craft club in Nailsea meets on the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm.

For more information, email or call 01179 479942.

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