Inclusive volunteering

2 Tips to include disabled volunteers

  1. Concentrate on ability rather than disability.
  2. Listen to the volunteer; they understand their impairment best.
  3. Remember what the volunteer can do for you, not what you can do for them.
  4. Be clear and consistent about the role and the volunteer’s responsibility to the organisation.
  5. Be prepared to have some flexibility around role descriptions.
  6. Think outside the box.
  7. Ask the volunteer about their communication needs.
  8. Address negative attitudes towards disability - whether from staff, other volunteers or clients.
  9. Prepare to challenge and to be challenged.
  10. Make sure disabled volunteers feel part of the team.