Developing & engaging people with disabilities


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Developing & engaging people with disabilities

  1. 1. Developing & Engaging People with Disabilities <br />Lizzie Saunders<br />Manager<br />Chris Berriman<br />Volunteering Adviser <br />
  2. 2. Housekeeping Reminder <br />
  3. 3. Definition of Volunteering <br />TheCompact defined volunteering as<br />“any activity which involves spending time, unpaid, doing something which aims to benefit someone (individuals or groups) other than or in addition to close relatives, or to benefit the environment.”<br />The Compact Refresh states “The energy and commitment of people giving their time for the public good…”<br />Volunteering is:<br /><ul><li>Is mutually beneficial (to individual and organisation)
  4. 4. Is independently chosen and freely given
  5. 5. Is enabling and flexible wherever possible
  6. 6. Has a community or social benefit
  7. 7. Offered to not-for-profit activities</li></li></ul><li>Definition of Disability <br />The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.<br />"Discrimination on the basis of disability" means any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of disability which has the purpose or effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field. It includes all forms of discrimination, including denial of reasonable accommodation;<br />United Nations Convention on The Rights and Dignity of Persons With Disability <br />
  8. 8. Why? <br />Volunteering is a valuable pathway to social life, paid employment , education or training<br />People with disabilities have a right to access good and services <br />People with disabilities have time, talent and technical skills to offer <br />Changes in entitlement to incapacity benefits<br />Links with stakeholders<br />
  9. 9. When<br />Internal organisational arrangements are in place<br />Training of paid staff, volunteers, trustees<br />Support and supervision arrangements in place for staff and volunteers<br />Placements are risk assessed <br />Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are agreed <br />
  10. 10. How? <br />Working with your local Volunteer Centre<br />Access to GLV Experts in Volunteering Team at VC Hounslow <br />Specialist disability organisations in your borough <br />Training providers – hosting volunteering placements to provide work experience <br />
  11. 11. Who?<br />Funders <br />Senior management – vital to have support and resources to run an effective programme<br />Volunteer Programme Manager<br />Volunteers and trustees<br />Service users<br />Donors <br />
  12. 12. Recipes for Success<br />Progressive programme of learning and development <br />Defined duration<br />Measured agreed outcomes for volunteer<br />Recognition of volunteers contribution throughout the organisation <br />Efficient and cost effective programme <br />Dynamic learning for staff managing volunteers <br />
  13. 13. Further Learning <br />Association of Volunteer Managers<br /><br />Experts in Volunteering <br /><br />Volunteering England<br /><br />Open College Network<br /><br />
  14. 14. Further Learning <br />LANTRA – for accredited learning for volunteers<br /><br />Ealing Hammersmith and West London College<br /><br />Thames Valley University<br /><br />Open University<br /><br />
  15. 15. Questions?<br />