What is the European Coalition for Community Living?
The European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL) 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. ECCL was founded in 2005 by ENIL, Autism Europe, the Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University, the European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe and the Open Society Mental Health Initiative. As from the beginning of 2008, ECCL has been a project of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL).
ECCL carried out a number of activities between 2005 and 2011, including annual seminars on deinstitutionalisation, reports on the right to independent and community living, reports on the use of EU funds, position papers, newsletters and other. Since 2009, ENIL-ECCL has been an active member of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG), where it has contributed to many important initiatives (most importantly the Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care and the Toolkit on the Use of EU Funds). Between 2011 and 2017, ENIL-ECCL has not been as active, due to lack of capacity, but in 2017, ENIL has made a decision to reinvent and relaunch ECCL.
Therefore, in December 2017, a group of around 20 people from across Europe, including many leading members of ENIL, started meeting with a view to thinking about how best to make real change happen for people currently detained in institutions. The group helped plan ECCL’s current activities, with the aim of furthering deinstitutionalisation and promoting ’independent living for all’.
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ECCL is one of many groups and organisations committed to deinstitutionalisation and promoting independent living for all people of all ages and support needs. We will be working to build stronger links with these many different groups. We will be offering them the chance to participate and present on our webinar programme and we hope that we can help build a stronger and more united voice challenging all policy makers and politicians to make serious improvements to deinstitutionalisation across Europe, and to bring about work which makes independent living for all a real opportunity for everyone.