A leading UK charity is calling for more out-of-hours volunteers to help disabled people live full and positive lives.
To mark Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June, Leonard Cheshire Disability is inviting people to help out at one of its 200 services across the UK in the evenings and on weekends.
Leonard Cheshire’s volunteers have fun, meet new people and make a difference to the lives of disabled people. Donating time can provide valuable work experience, an opportunity to boost skills, and a way of sharing activities and interests such as gardening, driving or using a computer.
Begoña Mendez, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Volunteer Co-ordinator said: “We could not provide the dedicated level of care to disabled people without the help of our volunteers. Their contribution is invaluable – whether it’s reading to a resident or driving a group on a day out.
“We’re especially interested in hearing from people who might have some time to give in the evenings or on weekends. It doesn’t matter if you can volunteer one hour or one day, every bit is important.”
Mary Parratt has volunteered in the art studio at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Bells Piece service in Surrey for three years.
“I have two autistic grandchildren so I wanted to help adults with learning disabilities. I really enjoy the rapport you can build with the people you support through volunteering, you can often see how much they appreciate you being there.”
Leonard Cheshire Disability currently has 3,500 volunteers who help out with everything from fundraising and administration to driving and teaching.
Begoña added: “We want to thank our existing volunteers who together have spent 350,000 hours supporting our charity. We rely on their dedication and hard work.”
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. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. With over 7,500 staff, the charity supports over 7,000 disabled people in the UK. Visit: www.leonardcheshire.org