Can Do goes nationwide!
25 October 2014
by Jemma Shaw
To mark Make a Difference Day 2014, Leonard Cheshire Disability is pleased to announced the national expansion of our young disabled people’s volunteering programme, Can Do.
Can Do offers community volunteering opportunities to disabled people aged 16 to 35. It provides the chance to learn new skills, build confidence and to contribute and participate fully in society.
Already running successfully in several locations around the UK, Can Do will now be extended to 12 towns and cities, with exciting launch events in Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Southend-on-Sea next week.
Young disabled people can face many barriers as part of their daily life when it comes to relationships, finding a job or a place to live. Can Do aims to support and equip our young disabled people with the skills and confidence they need to live their lives fully.
Oliver Griffiths has been involved with Can Do as a volunteer and ambassador on a wide range of projects, including the making of a sculpture trail which has become a popular feature of the Knaresborough community in North Yorkshire.
Can Do has helped Oliver, who has cerebral palsy, to make friends and learn new skills. With Oliver’s newfound confidence and achievements, he also works part-time in a local shop.
‘Can Do has given me belief in myself. It’s made me meet people I would never have met and increased my confidence at work.’
If you're interested in getting involved, visit our Can Do page.
Jemma Shaw is Can Do national manager at Leonard Cheshire Disability.