We want to let you know that the Disability Action Alliance is launching a Volunteer Charter for disabled people and you are invited to join us at the launch event on the 5th December 2014.
The Charter aims to increase accessible volunteering opportunities and encourage disabled people to use their skills and assets through volunteering. This supports a vision of ‘A society in which the contribution of disabled people as volunteers is valued and volunteering opportunities are widely available on an equal and accessible basis’. It is an opportunity for us all to emphasise and celebrate the important role that we can play in further enabling disabled people to make valuable contributions to society and fulfill their potential through volunteering.
This initiative has the full support of organisations such as CSV, DRUK, the National Council for Volunteering and Buckinghamshire Disability Services, to name but a few and also has the support of the Minister of State for Disabled People, Mark Harper, who is endorsing the launch on this the ‘International Volunteer Day’ through a video recording..
This event offers a rare opportunity to network with the leading figures in the disability community, discussing and celebrating a major development in the opening-up of volunteering opportunities to disabled people. Talks from a range of speakers including, Duncan Tree & Jemma Mindham from the Community Service Volunteers, Andrew Clark from Buckinghamshire Disability Service, Sue Bott from Disability Rights UK, Dave Oxley from McAfee UK, Bev Flanagan from Buckingham Technical College and a paralympian (Naomi Riches). Agenda items will cover issues including ‘Why Volunteering Matters’, ‘The Experiences of Disabled People as Volunteers’ and ‘Why a Volunteer Charter has been developed’.
Your organisation will also have an opportunity to sign up and commit to this innovative and critical Volunteer Charter which takes place on Friday 5th December 2014 at the Buckinghamshire University Technical College, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8PB. Registration begins at 10.30am and the event will close at 2.15pm.
Bookings to attend the launch can be made through the Eventbrite site. You can register additional needs and book a Blue Badge or disabled car parking space on the site. If you would like to book an exhibition stand at the event, this can be done here; exhibition stand space is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Copies of the both the Agenda for the day and the Disability Action Alliance Volunteer Charter itself will be available on the day.