Barnet Centre for Independent Living
Barnet Centre for Independent Living (BCIL) is a independent, user-led organisation that exists to promote independent living so that disabled people can have choice and control over the way they live their lives.
They provide an information, advice, advocacy and brokerage service for disabled people (including those with learning difficulties and mental health issues).
Developing as a multi-service facility for people with any form of disability, living or working in the London Borough of Barnet, BCIL provides a neutral access point for individuals seeking information and support from their peers.
Their information line can:
- refer people into a full advice service where appropriate
- put them in touch with a support worker (including specialist mental health services where necessary)
- refer them to a peer support broker
- provide quick advice on local and national sources of specialist information.
BCIL can also offer callers the opportunity to become members of BCIL, volunteer in a supportive environment or get involved in BCIL activities.
The service is run by disabled people for disabled people so you can benefit from the experience of skilled and knowledgeable staff if you need:
- help in speaking up
- better access
- more support
- opportunities for social inclusion.
How can I access the service?
If you simply need some advice or information, please contact the centre directly, see details on right.
Become a volunteer
If you want to develop new skills, meet like-minded people, gain new experiences or simply enhance your CV, then you can become a volunteer at BCIL. A friendly team will support you in developing new skills within a variety of different roles that you may be interested in. To find out more, please contact the centre directly, see details on right.
Become a member
If you want to make a difference and help shape BCIL and the services it provides, then become a member. Whether you are someone affected by a disability or a health condition, a carer or if you are a community group working in Barnet, you can have your say, ensure you receive regular updates on local issues, news, activities and social events, and help support independent living.
Joining is easy and free. You can either speak to Emma or register online.