Tips for disabled volunteers

Volunteering can be a good route into employment and is a good way of gaining skills and experience.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?

Generally volunteering should not affect your benefits, as long as you are only receiving agreed, out-of-pocket expenses.

How many hours can I volunteer?

There is no hour limit on how much volunteering you can do but it’s a good idea to tell your employment advisor.

Where can I find disability-friendly volunteer opportunities?

Disabled people should have the same opportunities to volunteer as anyone else, so search your postcode to find volunteering opportunities in your local area.

If you live in Wales, Volunteering Wales is a great starting point for volunteering opportunities.

Scope has a large number of disabled volunteers supporting our work. We welcome applications from disabled people to all volunteer opportunities available at Scope.

Volunteering Matters works with local organisations and businesses to help disabled people in supported placements in many different work environments such as retail, gardening and hospitals.

Can Do offers exciting opportunities for 16 to 35‑year-old disabled people to volunteer in their community.

Change100 provides internships for disabled students and graduates.

Vinspired has a section of home-based volunteering opportunities if you don't want to travel.

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