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This National Inclusion Week, our senior consultant for volunteering, Helen Tourle, shares her top tips on how charities and voluntary organisations can make it easier for disabled people to volunteer.
We know that volunteering carries huge benefits for those who take part. It can give individuals the chance to contribute to their community and make a difference to the causes that are meaningful to them.
In our Time Well Spent research, 75% of respondents reported that volunteering directly improved their mental health and wellbeing.
But not everyone is able to participate equally. We know that disabled people have a different experience of volunteering to non-disabled people.
On average they report lower levels of satisfaction and significant barriers. These include practical barriers, as well as cultural and attitudinal barriers. Barriers come from the public, organisations, paid staff, and other volunteers.
So, how can your organisation make volunteering inclusive for disabled people?
Here are some of our top tips.
Consider how you could make your volunteer processes more accessible.
Flexible volunteering can be especially important for disabled volunteers.
Flexibility helps create an environment where people feel able to disclose their support needs. It can also allow individuals to volunteer when and where they're able to.
We hope this has been helpful. If you need any support or advice on making your organisation more inclusive for disabled volunteers, please get in touch with our consultancy team: email@example.com.
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