Leonard Cheshire Speaker (#002)


If you are looking for an engaging role where you can deliver presentations about our charity to groups and/or support disabled people to deliver disability equality and inclusion sessions to groups, join Leonard Cheshire as a Speaker.


Dumfries / Stranraer

Time commitment

Will vary from month to month dependent on requests from groups in your area. However we would like you to commit at least 2 hours per month for a minimum of 6-9 months.

a man in a wheelchair speaking into a microphone

Role description

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

The role may also include supporting disabled people (Disability Equality Speakers) to plan and deliver disability equality and inclusion sessions to local groups. This role will depend on individual requirements, but is likely to include support with planning, travel, and delivery of the session.  

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.

Key activities:

Talking about the work of the charity, including campaigns, volunteering, international work, services, events, and our programmes.

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

Providing person centred support to disabled Speakers and to help them plan, access, and deliver disability equality or inclusion session.

You may also be asked to assist with the general planning of the activity, travelling to and from a venue, elements of the delivery of the session, or acting as an extra pair of hands, eyes, or ears*

*You will not be expected to provide personal care.

Requirements of role:

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 have experience of supporting disabled people (if you are interested in providing support for other Speakers).

To complete Leonard Cheshire induction and training modules, including Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) or Adult Support and Protection Act (ASPA).

A Protecting Vulnerable Groups check (PVG) will be required if you are supporting other Speakers.

What we offer:

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.

Reimbursement of agreed expenses.

Opportunity to gain 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:

Organisational skills.

Event planning experience.

Public speaking and presenting skills.

Marketing and promotional experience.

Confidence in working and communicating with disabled people.

An awareness of challenges that disabled people face.

Increased understanding of disability issues.

Opportunity highlights

Present or run activities at community groups, schools and businesses that promote the work of Leonard Cheshire.