Volunteer with us

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At Disabled People’s Voice, we believe there are countless ways for individuals with health conditions or disabilities to make meaningful contributions through volunteering. We actively promote and champion volunteering roles specifically tailored for disabled individuals.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering offers a myriad of benefits, from the opportunity to learn new skills to expanding your social circle and creating lasting friendships. It can enhance your social skills, enrich your life experiences, and even pave the way for a new career path.

Remote Volunteering

You can volunteer with Disabled People’s Voice from the comfort of your own home. Thanks to assistive technology, disabled individuals can now volunteer on their own terms and schedules, ensuring flexibility to suit individual needs. We have a wide range of volunteer roles available, ensuring that your options as a Disabled Person are not limited. While there may be some roles that are not suitable based on your impairment, you will find numerous opportunities to get involved.

Diverse Volunteer Roles

At Disabled People’s Voice, we have volunteer roles to match all skills, interests, and time commitments. We provide comprehensive support every step of the way, including training and development opportunities. Each volunteer is assigned a Volunteer Manager who is there to offer help, support, and guidance, ensuring a fulfilling experience.

Volunteering and Benefits

Volunteering with us should not affect your benefits. You can volunteer and still receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA). However, there are guidelines to follow:

  • Your volunteering should be for someone who is not a family member.
  • It must be unpaid (we cover agreed out-of-pocket costs).
  • There should be no formal contract involved (our volunteer code of conduct is not a contract).

Career Development and References

Volunteering can serve as a stepping stone to employment. We provide references upon completion of your volunteering term, or a certificate of achievement if needed for job or college applications. Many volunteers have successfully transitioned to paid employment after volunteering with us.

Building Skills and Confidence

Volunteering offers valuable work experience and helps in developing essential skills such as time management and teamwork. It’s an excellent addition to your CV or personal statement, particularly if you have limited work experience.

Personal Development

Beyond employment prospects, volunteering allows for personal growth and development. Consider:

  • What motivates you to volunteer?
  • What skills do you want to learn or enhance?
  • How does volunteering align with your future goals?

Inclusive Environment

Volunteering with Disabled People’s Voice provides a supportive and inclusive environment. It’s a safe space to practice communication skills, learn from others, and gain confidence in various situations. Whether you seek a comfortable setting or a challenging experience, we have opportunities to suit your preferences.

Benefits of Volunteering

By volunteering with us, you can:

  • Expand your knowledge of the social model of disability.
  • Boost your confidence and understanding of disability issues.
  • Enhance your ability to discuss disability using appropriate language.
  • Gain awareness of the barriers faced by individuals with various impairments.
  • Make a tangible difference and contribute to positive change.

Join Our Team

Volunteering with Disabled People’s Voice means becoming part of a passionate team dedicated to disability inclusion and equality. It’s a deeply rewarding experience, especially when you’re contributing to a cause you care about.

Making an Impact

Every volunteer makes a difference, regardless of the time commitment. Whether you can volunteer once a week, once a month, or once a year, we are immensely grateful for your support.

Get Involved

If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please get in touch. We will discuss suitable roles based on your skills and any additional support you may require. Fill out our application form, and we’ll guide you through the next steps of becoming a volunteer.

Matching Skills

We carefully assess your skills to ensure a good match for the volunteer role you’re interested in. If we believe a different role may be better suited for you, we’ll gladly recommend alternatives.

Preparation and Support

We may invite you for a brief chat about the volunteer role. This informal conversation can also help you build skills needed for future interviews, such as maintaining eye contact and answering questions.

References and Checks

If required for a specific role, we will inform you about the need for references or a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Not all roles require a DBS check but if necessary, we will assist you with the process at no cost.

Your Involvement Matters

Remember, having a health condition or disability should not deter you from getting involved. Your contribution is valued, and together, we can make a meaningful impact.

Join us at Disabled People’s Voice and embark on a fulfilling volunteering journey today!

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