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Volunteer Champions

We at Disability Rights UK would like to invite you to join us on “I Can Make It”, a campaign that aims to create new job opportunities for young disabled people.

As a Volunteer Champion you will be involved in persuading key decision makers in local authorities and businesses of the huge benefits (and ease) of employing young disabled people, and you will connect to your fellow campaigners in the other cities via social media and email. You will learn about:

  • How local government works e.g. local government procurement and tendering
  • Buying and supply chain policies and corporate social responsibility
  • Presentational skills
  • Inclusive recruitment and retention practices
  • Campaigning skills 

Who are we looking for?

To be a volunteer champion for I Can Make It you must:

  • Have a disability or long term health condition and be aged 18-29
  • Live in or around Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Norwich, Sheffield and Southampton (NB other cities where you feel we can really make a difference will also be considered)
  • Be passionate
  • Be committed
  • Be willing to work with or alongside other disabled people
  • Be able to commit on average one day per week and be willing to attend meetings or training days. Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

How will being a volunteer help me?

  • You will build confidence in speaking for yourself and people around you.
  • You will develop a range of valuable skills that can be transferrable to different types of organisations including local government.
  • You will be able to demonstrate initiative and engagement with the wider world.
  • You will meet new people from different backgrounds.

How will other young disabled people benefit from this project?

If we succeed in shaping tendering and procurement policies, then more young disabled people will find jobs, and build successful, sustainable careers. We’ll be evaluating the campaign along the way so we can share evidence to show this approach works.

We also want to see other barriers stopping disabled people from finding employment removed.

We’re also open to suggestions on how to make a difference. This campaign may have started with us but it ends with you!

I’m interested, how do I get involved?

Please email Leo Capella (leo.capella@disabilityrightsuk.org) with your CV, a message saying why you want to volunteer for this project and what your access requirements are as soon as possible. 

I Can Make It