Mencap believes in giving people the tools to realise their potential. A learning disability does not prevent someone from learning, developing and achieving a great deal in life, if they are given the right support.
Access to Volunteering
The £2 million Access to Volunteering pilot fund aims to increase the number of disabled people volunteering by giving small grants to organisations to provide support. The pilot was in greater London, west Midlands and the north west of England.
Mencap received funding to work in the west Midlands to support organisations to involve more volunteers with a learning disability.
Volunteering for All project
The Office of the Third Sector, Volunteering for All project aimed to break down barriers to volunteering and in particular to remove barriers to volunteering for socially excluded adults.
Mencap received funding to increase volunteering opportunities for people with a learning disability. We did this by
- working with groups of people with a learning disability supporting them to see they could volunteer
- introducing training tools for people with a learning disability to identify what they could bring to and gain from volunteering
- providing learning disability awareness training and support to volunteering organisations
- setting up volunteer taster days with volunteering organisations
This training was made into a toolkit, so more people with a learning disability can learn about the benefits of volunteering, and so the course can be delivered by anyone.
To find out more or if you would like a free toolkit, please contact:
The volunteering team
Telephone: 0845 123 3000