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 three webinars in January, February and March 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.

Learning from what works
Friday 26th January, 11:00 – 12:30 CET/10:00 – 11:30 GMT
This webinar will focus on what works and will include two presentations from across Europe about work that has supported people to live independently and move out of institutions/led to the closure institutions. We have confirmed presenters from Slovakia (Miroslav Cangar) and Scotland (John Dalrymple). To register for the webinar, please click here.

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 different speakers including Steve Eidelman (University of Delaware, USA). Others speakers will be confirmed.

Getting started
Friday 23rd March, 11:00 – 12:30 CET/10:00 – 11:30 GMT
Three presentations starting to help people think about some the work that is central to making ‘independent living’ for all a reality: planning with people, funding and personal assistance, and community based support. We are inviting a number of people to share their work and learning, including from Australia.

Future monthly webinars will focus on person centred working and self-directed support, a specific webinar on support to children and young people, more focus on community support, housing, assistive technology and gathering evidence. For more information and inclusion on our mailing list please email Nic Crosby – nic@gatherbuildwork.net.