ECIL is a membership organisation representing and supporting disabled people and carers, of all types and of any age, who live and work in the borough of Ealing and surrounding boroughs. We are proud to be part of the Independent Living movement and are one of a growing number of Centres for Independent Living (CILs) around the country. The government strategy paper Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People published 2005 recommends that there should be a CIL in every local authority area. ECIL was formed as an independent organisation in 2002. We gained our charitable status in that year. We are now funded by Ealing Council and the Ealing Primary Care Trust.
Our main activities are;
providing advice and information.
providing advocacy (this means supporting people to access their rights and entitlements).
organising social events, courses and activities.
working with other disability organisations through Disability Connect (the disability network in Ealing) and national organisations including the National Centre for Independent Living.
joint working with Ealing Council on, for example, the Physical and Sensory Disabilities Partnership Board.
hiring out our Bayham Road meeting room.
offering free use of computers.
In addition we manage:
Empowering disabled people to remove barriers that prevent them from living full and independent lives.
We believe disabled people should be in control of their lives, organisations and choices. We believe in being:
- to promote access to buildings, facilities, the environment, transport and information
- to promote inclusive attitudes
- to make the voices of disabled people and carers heard
- to increase awareness of disability issues within the community
- to advocate for disabled people and encourage and empower them to advocate for themselves
- to establish partnerships with disability organisations, to strengthen the voice of disabled people
- to build partnerships with service providers (statutory, commercial and voluntary)
- to ensure disabled people have access to information and services
- to ensure ECIL is widely recognised in the borough as having expertise in the field of disability
- to campaign for the comprehensive rights of disabled people and carers, maximising the potential of relevant legislation and other powers