Volunteering as a Disabled Person
Volunteering is an activity that anyone can do, and having a physical or learning disability is no exception.
The wealth of experience, knowledge and passion that volunteers with disabilities or impairments bring to charities in Stockton-on-Tees is a great asset that we want to encourage.
Volunteering can have great benefits for volunteers such as increased confidence, gaining new skills, general health benefits and an increase in happiness and well-being.
How to Get Started
The best way to get started volunteering is to decide what you are passionate about, find a charity with a volunteering opportunity that you are interested in and approach that charity. Be frank and honest about your needs and limitations and how they could help you or adjust to make the volunteering opportunity more accessible to your needs.
Most charities or organisations would be happy to help accommodate your needs and welcome you as a volunteer.
If you’re not sure what you want to do but you know you want to volunteer, one of the most common places people volunteer when they are disabled is in a peer support or mentor role with charities that advocate for those with the same impairment.
General information on volunteering and tips on getting started can be found on the General Information page.
If You Need More Support
If you find you need more help or advice and information you should get in touch with STEPS at Stockton Borough Council:
STEPS provide the STEPS service to support disabled people into:
- College (vocational and non-vocational courses)
- Voluntary work (only where other people with or without disabilities carry out voluntary work)
- Work experience (no timescales are imposed)
- Paid work (full or part-time)
STEPS work with people to identify their skills, abilities and development needs. They help people find a job that suits them and also provide advice and guidance to employers of people with a disability.
Address: STEPS, Bath Lane, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 2DS
Telephone: 01642 524525
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 9am – 5pm, Friday: 9am – 4.30pm
Know Your Rights
Before you take on any volunteering opportunity don’t forget to make sure you know what your rights are!