Welcome to ECCL

What is the European Coalition for Community Living?

The European Coalition for Community Living is a Europe-wide cross disability initiative working towards the social inclusion of people with disabilities by promoting the provision of comprehensive, quality community-based services as an alternative to institutionalisation. Since 2008, ECCL has been hosted by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL).

How can we support you?

ENIL, working with Nic Crosby (GatherBuildWork), has planned a number of activities for 2018. We will be:

  • Setting out a programme of monthly webinars sharing practical work from across Europe and further afield around deinstitutionalisation and community living;
  • Revising and updating this website to make it a source of material and contacts, all related to deinstitutionalisation and developing community-based support for people with disabilities;
  • Circulating a monthly newsletter linked to each webinar, which will include news, offers of support and requests for help, resources and other useful information.

We will start with a series of monthly webinars (held on the last Friday of each month) on different aspects of the process of deinstitutionalisation. After each webinar and as part of our newsletter, we will share presentations and a link to a recording of the webinar.

Upcoming webinars:

Leading change
Friday 23rd February, 11:00 – 12:30 CET/10:00 – 11:30 GMT
In this second webinar, we will be focusing on leading change and hearing from Tara Flood, from the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) in the UK, and Milena Johnova from Quip – quality in practice, from the Czech Republic.

Tara Flood will talk about what ALLFIE does and why, and what she has learnt through her campaigning: 1. The vital role that non-disabled allies play in ALLFIE’s campaigning work; 2. To secure social change, it is important to change the traditional conversation about disabled people, our potential and our place in society; and 3. Human rights and equality must be the basis of any social change campaigning.

Milena Johnova will briefly introduce the national system of social services for people with disabilities in the Czech republic, its development regarding deinstitutionalisation and the impact of national and regional projects on the right to independent living. The limits and opportunities of individuals leaving of institutional care will be presented in two case studies.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WEBINAR IS NOW OPEN. Please click here to register.

One person at a time
Friday 23rd March, 11:00 – 12:30 CET/10:00 – 11:30 GMT
We will be hearing from Anja Kutnjak and Andreja Rafaelic in Slovenia about their personal planning with people in institutions, as a first step to them moving out. We will also be hearing from Australia. Kate Fulton from AVIVO in Perth, Western Australia will be talking about the support they provide to people to live in the community.

Getting started
Friday 27th April, time TBC
Steven Eidelman, from the University of Delaware in the United States will share with us some of the key factors in starting the process of deinstitutionalisation. Other speakers will be confirmed soon.

Future webinars will include more detailed discussion about key parts of making deinstitutionalisation work, including housing, funding and connecting with communities. We will also be thinking about some of the different groups involved, including children, young people and people with more complicated support needs. For more information and inclusion on our mailing list, as well as to suggest webinar topics, please email Nic Crosby – nic@gatherbuildwork.net.