Voluntary work opens doors to employment.

What do you think:

  • Got unpaid Trustees, Governors, Board members, Non-Execs, advisers, committee members?
  • Got anyone who gives their time for free in any role?
  • Do at least 20% of them have long-term health conditions/disabilities to match the real world?

They say that 8 out of 10 jobs are filled due to networking rather than advertising.  But, if you are stuck at home on benefits, making those contacts and connections can be difficult.

Doing some voluntary work was absolutely the foundation of my being able to work after leaving the Navy: doing the admin for the county’s Prince’s Trust committee, helping organise the local community group, diversity trainers’ workshops and a back-to-work partnership.  All these contacts, references, know-how and experience helped me get paid work for over 15 years.

Signing up to the Disability Volunteer Charter isn’t onerous or difficult – but it could mean that thousands of organisations welcome more disabled volunteers like me: opening up a life of opportunities and getting another pair of willing hands too – everyone benefits.

Penny Melville-Brown

Disability Dynamics ltd www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk

Helping disabled people to work since 2000

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