Our volunteers

Two women, one disabled, one non-disabled, laughing togetherWe’re extremely lucky to work with fantastic volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, who help us to support disabled people in many ways. Without our volunteers, our work wouldn’t be possible

Over the past year, more than 4,000 volunteers supported disabled people to develop new skills and to take part in social and leisure activities, from cinema trips to sports events. 250 corporate and community groups held team events such as garden takeovers and fun days.

Over 350,000 hours of volunteering time were generously given towards our work, which we estimate is worth more than £2.3m.

‘After volunteering, I always feel that I have spent precious hours with some very special people, who give to me far more than I can ever give to them!

‘Thank you Leonard Cheshire for having an ever open door.’ — volunteer at our Heatherley service

What we will do in the next year

  • Engage younger volunteers. We’ll launch a new UK-wide volunteering partnership with a youth charity. And we’ll expand our Go IT! project to Scotland — this will allow volunteers aged 16 to 25 to support disabled people to use enabling technologies.
  • Recruit more volunteer drivers, so that disabled people can enjoy more outings and community activities.
  • Improve the ways we measure the impact of our volunteering.