Ealing Centre for Independent Living. ECIL is an organisation of disabled people working to eliminate the barriers preventing disabled people from living full and independent lives.
Come to ECIL for everything you want to know about Disability, but were too afraid to ask. We offer advice, information and we can help you get what you need to live an independent life. It's FREE to join, so why not become a member.
Welfare benefits system changes
Unless you’ve just returned from a self-financed stay on a desert island or a trip to outer space, you will know that the welfare benefits system is undergoing a great deal of change. If you're finding any of this confusing, you are not alone, so here is a brief summary of some of the key changes: DLA is being replaced by the Personal Independence Payment for all claimants aged 16-64, who need help with getting around and/or help with day to day living. This will be introduced nationally for all new claims from June 2013. Universal Credit is a single means tested benefit which will replace most means tested benefits for people of working age, rolling out nationally from Oct 2013. It can be claimed by people who are working, self employed, unemployed, sick or lone parents. Commencing April 2013 there is a reduction in Housing Benefit for people in social housing who are deemed to have spare bedrooms. The reduction is 14% for one spare bedroom and 25% for two. The allowance of bedrooms is one for a couple, one for a single person over 16, one for two children of the same sex under 16, one for two children under 10 of either sex, one for any other child and one for an overnight Carer. If you need to talk through how any of this affects you, or for info on other changes, please call the Disability Advice Bureau on 020 8840 8573 and arrange to speak to one of our advisers.
Events and Activities
Disability Connect meetings
The Disability Connect has been involved in a number of marches and demonstrations, to make our views on the cuts known. Please keep checking this space for information regarding the next meeting. Thank you for your continued support.
Individual Budget Users Group
The next Individual Budgets User Group (IBUG) will take place on Wednesday 22nd May, 2pm-4pm. The topics will include the Independent Living Fund, with Cheryl Batt, Head of Disability Services at Ealing Council, and Personal Budgets, with Andrew Carpenter from the National Brokerage Network. Please contact David Hunt on 020 8280 2256 for further details.
The DAB enquiry service is open 9.30-12.30. The DAB office is open for booked appointments from 9.30-4.00 and appointments can be booked by ringing 020 8840 8573.
Free one-to-one tuition on getting started on computers is available to all ECIL members. Ring for an appointment 020 8840 1566 or email email@example.com
We are showing 'Murder, She Said' on Thursday 23rd May; 'Murder at the Gallop' on Thursday 6th June; 'Murder Ahoy' on Thursday 27th June and ' Murder Most Foul' on Thursday 11th July. Refreshments are served at 2pm, film starts at 2.15pm prompt.
NEW: Zumba Gold – for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. £3 is payable to the instructor
Stay Active 4 Life. Gentle exercise for all abilities. £2.50 per session
Zumba – a Latin inspired dance fitness workout. Fun & energetic! Book your place on 020 8840 1566 or firstname.lastname@example.org