To mark Make a Difference Day 2014 the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability announces the expansion of their young people’s volunteering programme, Can Do.
Can Do, will help over 3,000 young disabled people aged 16 to35 by offering community volunteering opportunities. The Can Do programme will enable young disabled people to learn new skills, build their confidence and provide the opportunity to contribute and participate fully in society.
Can Do will now be extended to 12 towns and cities across the UK, with exciting launch events in Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Southend next week.
Jemma Shaw, Can Do National Manager said: ‘Thank you to Howdens Joinery and the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme for recognising the benefits that volunteering can bring to the lives of young disabled people.
‘Young disabled people can face many barriers as part of their daily life when it comes to relationships, finding a job or a place to live. Can Do aims to support and equip our young disabled people with the skills and confidence they need to live their lives fully. ’
Can Do volunteer and ambassador Oliver Griffiths, has been involved in a wide range of projects, including the making of a sculpture trail which has become a popular feature of the Knaresborough community.
Can Do has helped Oliver, who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, to make friends and learn new skills. With Oliver’s newfound confidence and achievements he also volunteers part-time in a local shop.
Oliver said: ‘Can Do has given me belief in myself. It’s made me meet people I would never have met and increased my confidence at work.’
‘I feel immensely proud. All these different skills make such a difference to young disabled people like me and I’m using my enthusiasm as a Can Do Ambassador to help to spread the word.’
Young disabled people interested in finding out more about Can Do can phone 0207 112 1489 or email CanDo@LeonardCheshire.org to find out where your local Project Coordinator is. Further details are available at www.leonardcheshire.org/cando
Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Visit: www.leonardcheshire.org