Shape the next generation’s attitudes towards disability by speaking to school students and challenging their perceptions.
Key skills you'll gain
• Public speaking and presentation skills
• Talking to groups and talking to different audiences
• Communicating a charity’s key messages
• Experience of an education environment
Why we need you
We need your help to change attitudes towards disabled people. We believe that working with young people in schools is key to influencing social change. As a Role Model volunteer, you will co-facilitate fun and engaging educational sessions in secondary schools, alongside a Scope staff member or an experienced volunteer. You will share your personal experiences with groups of 20 to 30 students, answer their questions, introduce the idea of the social model of disability, and share Scope’s ‘Everyday Equality’ strategy. We’ll also invite you to participate in session reviews and focus groups to help us learn from how sessions have gone.
Our Role Models programme is driven by our research which found that two thirds of British people feel uncomfortable talking about disability and one fifth has avoided talking to a disabled person because they didn’t know how to communicate with them. We believe this can change.
Where and when
• This is a very flexible role where you can volunteer a few times per year when schools offer us session dates that suit you
• Sessions will be in the West Yorkshire area and usually take place during school opening times (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm)
How we will support you
• Volunteer induction into Scope
• Training in session delivery, co-facilitation, safeguarding policies and using our technology
• Regular catch ups with your manager
• We will make accessibility adjustments to the role (if required)
• We will reimburse pre-agreed travel and lunch expenses (if you have any)
What we are looking for
• An adult over 18 with an impairment or who identifies as a disabled person, in the West Yorkshire area
• Someone who is comfortable and confident to deliver sessions to students, share personal experiences and promote the social model of disability
• Someone who can facilitate a safe space for young people to explore their own attitudes, knowledge and views about disability (whether those young people identify as disabled or not)
• Someone who is reliable, friendly and approachable
What else you will gain
• The opportunity to see first hand the difference you’re making to young people’s attitudes and knowing they’ll be more supportive of their disabled peers
• Confidence with public speaking and facilitating workshops
• Satisfaction from making a positive difference to the lives of the UK’s 14 million disabled people
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Scope is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and wellbeing of children and adults at risk, whether receiving services or being staff or volunteers. It expects all trustees, staff and volunteers to share this commitment.