Do a Good Deed for Dorset’s Disability Community this Volunteers’ Week

Do a Good Deed for Dorset’s Disability Community this Volunteers’ Week

Diverse Abilities is inviting local people to an open morning at its special school, Langside, from 10am until 12pm next Thursday (5 June) to celebrate National Volunteers Week – an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution volunteers make across the UK, taking place next week from 1 – 7 June.

The aim of the open morning is to thank the charity’s current volunteers, showcase the school’s new sensory garden, which was created by a group of corporate supporters, and give people ideas on how easy it is to get involved with Diverse Abilities and volunteer to make a difference to local people with disabilities.

Those that attend the event will be able to enjoy some refreshments while wandering around the garden or chatting to the charity’s staff, people it supports or current volunteers. Tours of Langside School, which provides education to 28 children from the ages of two to 19 who have special educational needs and physical difficulties, will also be available on the day.

National Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and at the open morning Diverse Abilities will be asking people in Dorset to get involved and pledge just 30 minutes of their time to the charity.

Sarah Harrison, Volunteer and Recruitment Manager, at Diverse Abilities, said: “In just 30 minutes you can actually achieve quite a lot that can really help the charity and the people it supports. For example – plant a seed for one of our adults we support’s garden, undertake some research online for our central office, bake some cakes to help raise funds or distribute some collection pots or leaflets in your local area… these are just a few ideas and there are many more!”

Currently 100 individuals in the Dorset community volunteer for the charity, plus a number of local businesses including Barclays, LV=, Nationwide and Bournemouth University, who volunteer on a project basis. Based on these volunteers providing an average of two hours of their time every month, the value of this contribution each year is in excess of £25,000, which is very important for a not-for-profit organisation such as Diverse Abilities.

Diverse Abilities Plus sees its volunteer base as a core asset in leading the organisation towards its goals and all volunteers are treated with respect and appreciation of the contribution they make. By volunteering with the charity individuals can build upon their skills and knowledge and are encouraged to be creative and innovative. The charity assists them to achieve their full potential within their appointed role and a personal or professional gain from their involvement.

Sarah added: “We are strongly supporting Volunteers’ Week as there are many benefits to volunteering and getting involved in the local community. No matter what your age or ability, there will be something that is perfect for you. We hope many people come along to our open morning and see what difference they can make to children and adults with disabilities.”

If you would like to attend the event or find out more information, please contact Sarah on 01202 718266 or email sarah.harrison@diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk.


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