Disability Equality Speaker


If you are a disabled person, looking for a challenging role that has the potential to really change people’s lives for the better, come and join us as a Disability Equality Speaker.



Time commitment

Time commitment will vary but we would like you to commit at least 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6-9 months.

Disability Equality Speaker

Role description

Leonard Cheshire is a charity supporting disabled people in the UK and around the world to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.

You will be part of a network of people talking to local groups such as clubs and schools. You will give presentations and run activities. You will talk about disability equality, inclusion, our charity, and the changes people can make to improve the lives of disabled people.

The role may include the option of promoting the Speaker Network by attending events and making contact with groups and businesses.

For people wanting support or wishing to deliver presentations as a team, we will aim to have other Speakers available to support you.

The role may also include remote speaker events. Remote speaker events take place virtually using platforms such as Zoom, MS Teams and Google Hangouts’ - if this is something that you are able to do and would like to participate in please let the coordinator know during your introduction

Key Activities:

  • Talking about disability equality and inclusion.

  • Talking about issues that affect you in your local community.

  • Talking about Leonard Cheshire and the work we do.

  • Running disability equality and inclusion activities with groups.

  • Taking part in meetings with local decision-makers such as the council or your MP.

  • Promoting the programme to groups, schools, and businesses in the community.

Role Requirements

  • To have an interest in disability equality and wanting to promote change.

  • To work with the volunteer co-ordinator at your closest Leonard Cheshire service and/or to work with the Speaker Network Co-ordinator.

  • An interest in (or willingness to learn about) public speaking.

  • Be open to any required training.

  • Willingness to travel and attend events.

  • To provide 2 references.

  • To complete Leonard Cheshire induction and training modules.

  • A Disclosure & Barring Service check (DBS) or Protecting Vulnerable Groups check (PVG) may be required.

Opportunity highlights

What we can offer you:

  • Full induction and relevant training.

  • Presentations for a range of groups, which you can tailor and add to for individual groups.

  • Support from the Speaker Network Co-ordinator.

  • Support with planning, travel, and events.

  • Reimbursement of agreed expenses.

  • Opportunity to gain City & Guilds certification and other awards such as Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Saltire Award, and recognition from Millennium Volunteers.

  • Experience and a reference for future volunteering or employment.

Skills you may gain

  • Confidence in communicating with a number of different audiences.

  • Public speaking and presenting skills.

  • Organisational and planning skills.

  • Understanding of disability equality and how to explain it to a range of audiences.

  • Understanding of local issues and how to promote change.

  • Marketing and promotional experience.