Volunteering as a Disabled Person

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.

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.

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.

Useful Links:

For general information on volunteering and tips on getting started, as well as knowing your rights, follow these links: