Disabled people across Glasgow, Fife and Dumfries are set to benefit from hundreds of new volunteering projects from Leonard Cheshire Disability, with the charity targeting young people in particular.
These new opportunities, launching from Monday 21 August, will support disabled people to gain life skills while volunteering in their community.
This comes as part of the charity’s Can Do volunteering programme for 16-35 year olds. Leonard Cheshire Can Do works directly with disabled people on specialist projects, supporting disabled people to develop transferable life skills through training and volunteering in their community.
Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, said:
“I’m delighted to offer my wholehearted support to the launch of the Can Do programme in Glasgow, which will enable young people with disabilities to volunteer in their local communities. All too often in the past, young people with disabilities have been denied the chance for personal growth and development and have observed their communities from the sidelines.
“Can Do will change things for the better. It will bring more community involvement, more opportunities for self-development and more chances to build personal independence and self-confidence.”
Since 2015 the charity has run Can Do schemes in Edinburgh and in its most recent year it supported 144 disabled people there. As well as boosting the skills and confidence of disabled people, such placements break down barriers to employment by raising awareness about disability and educating organisations on working with disabled people.
Fiona Scott, 30 years old, took part in Can Do in Edinburgh and said: “With Can Do I did new activities and went to new venues. I abseiled, cycled, went bowling and painting and lots of things!
“I am now on the Can Do Steering Group and I went to a conference about disability employment in Manchester.”
The new and existing Can Do projects in Scotland are possible thanks to funding from Howdens Joinery, the charity’s partner.
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. Visit: www.leonardcheshire.org or follow us on Twitter: @LeonardCheshire.