The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Leonard Cheshire Disability is a volunteering Approved Activity Provider for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Our volunteering is designed to be flexible so you can do one type of volunteering or a range of activities. You can volunteer on your own or as part of a group, at one of our services, in your community, or even from home.
You can search for specific volunteering opportunities in your area or take a look at the volunteering opportunities below and complete our contact form for more information.
Weekend or evening entertainment session
We need volunteers to help with regular entertainment sessions at our services. You can do this on your own or get a group together. Entertainment could include music, dance, games, magic and drama.
You could volunteer for a few hours on a regular basis to help some of our residents to get to grips with using technology including laptops, tablets, smart phones, digital cameras, Facebook or Twitter.
Our services have a regular annual programme of events such as summer fetes, barbecue, sports days, Christmas and Easter events, fundraising events, Halloween parties and Bonfire nights. We always need volunteers to help out with these events.
We are always in need of volunteers for dinnertime support. The people who use our services enjoy socialising with young people.
Outing volunteer (18+)
You can help to increase the social inclusion and independence of disabled people by becoming a regular outing volunteer with a resident from our services. This could include going to restaurants, films, music events, clubs, outdoor pursuits, or sports.
Service improvement volunteer
Our services are always on the lookout for volunteers to help to improve them. Volunteering could include painting, building, clearing space, tidying, gardening and working on making areas more accessible.
Can Do project supporter
Our Can Do project offers opportunities for 16- to 35-year-old disabled people to plan and deliver volunteering activities that benefit their community. As a supporter you could help to plan and run the project, help with promotion, support an individual or the group to use equipment or to travel, or provide expertise in a specific area.
Our Work Choice employment programme supports disabled people to become ready for work. You can offer online support with things like job searching, contacting employers and compiling lists of those that have vacancies, and help with making CVs.
Disabled Access Day
Many disabled people face problems carrying out everyday activities because services and venues are not accessible.
For Disabled Access Day 2017 we want young people to help to improve access to services, businesses, venues, leisure and transport in their community by carrying out access surveys in January, February, and March 2017.
After completing one or more surveys you could then contact the business, council, or local MP to let them know what they can do to improve access for disabled people.
Give & Bake
Invite friends over, ask everyone to bring along their favourite cakes and pop the kettle on. Donations will support the work of Leonard Cheshire Disability. We've got a free pack for you.
We have a range of fundraising events to get involved in including challenge events, special events, and ideas for doing your own fundraising.
Plan your own volunteering
If you have some volunteering ideas of you own, a talent so share, or something you’d like to try out — let us know and we can work together!