Charities back disabled helpers

Two major disability charities are launching a campaign during Volunteers’ Week to highlight the problems faced by volunteers with disabilities.

Cerebral palsy charity Scope and disability support organisation Leonard Cheshire are targeting volunteering managers after Scope found one in three disabled people had been discouraged from volunteering because of their impairment.

The charities have produced a joint guide to the practicalities of taking on disabled volunteers.

Released this Thursday to coincide with the start of the volunteering week (1-7 June), the two charities will target sector press and the nationals in a bid to ‘open people’s eyes’ to the issue, said spokesman Julio Romo.

‘The research forums we have held with disabled people indicate that lots of them want to volunteer, but many feel discouraged after negative experiences,’ he added.

This year’s theme for Volunteers’ Week is diversity. Organisers will highlight the different types of people who volunteer.

Scope and Leonard Cheshire are keen to ensure that disabled people are given every opportunity to get involved.
Co-ordinated by Volunteering England, this year’s is the 21st Volunteers’ Week. The annual campaign surrounding it generates awareness of the work done by volunteers, and the benefits that volunteering can bring.

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