Successful Day for Disabled

John Healey MP of Wentworth gives a speech at the SYCIL celebration event at the Swinton Civic Hall. Picture: Andrew Roe
John Healey MP of Wentworth gives a speech at the SYCIL celebration event at the Swinton Civic Hall. Picture: Andrew Roe

A SPECIAL one-day event to mark the International Day of Disabled People took place at Swinton.

Speakers at the SYCIL (South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living) day included Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey, Coun Sue Phillips and actor Kevin Davids, with an opening by the deputy mayor of Rotherham, Coun Dave Pickering.

Volunteers and visitors enjoyed lunch and were able to learn more about SYCIL’s Choosing Independence project and Personal Budgets, before having the chance to take part in interactive workshops.

SYCIL has a team of disabled volunteers who as service users have experience of utilising personal budgets.

Volunteers are involved in the project in a number of ways including mentoring. This is a key part of the service offering support to disabled people. The peer mentors at SYCIL are all disabled people themselves or have had experience of working with disabled people, and have attended Peer Mentoring Training courses organised for SYCIL by Voluntary Action Sheffield.

The SYCIL annual event - Independence Through Personalisation took place at Swinton Civic Hall.