This page provides information on opportunities for young people with disabilities including sports, arts, leisure and volunteering. Just click on the drop down sections below to access the information you need.
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What is volunteering?
Volunteering is someone spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment, local community or someone who they're not closely related to. Volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual.
Can I volunteer if I have a disability?
YES! Having a physical or learning disability shouldn't prevent anyone from volunteering. There are countless volunteer opportunities out there with workers needed in a variety of areas and organisations have to make reaosnable adjustments to make volunteer roles accessible to everyone.
Why would I want to volunteer?
Five reasons to volunteer:
Build your confidence and make new friends - Volunteering is about sharing new experiences and learning with different people. You will learn new skills that can give you the confidence to face challenges in other areas of your life.
Improve your community - You are the perfect person to start making a difference to where you live. Volunteering creates a sense of community, improves your area and helps you appreciate your surroundings and neighbours.
Improve your health - Research shows that volunteering can improve your health and create a heightened sense of well-being.
Boost your work/career options - Volunteering can help to build your CV and work experience and lets you try out different kinds of work, giving you hands-on experience of how different professions operate.
Have more fun! - And don’t forget that volunteering can be great fun. New people, new surroundings, new experiences all combine to create great times with new friends.
How do I find the right volunteer role?
- Think about what interests or excites you - This could be something you enjoyed doing before, or something completely new.
- Think about what time or skills you can give - With so many opportunities to choose from, it's a great idea to narrow down the choices by deciding what you're willing to give.
- Contact your local volunteer centre:
The Notts Help Yourself Website has contact details for local volunteer centres and opportunities around Nottinghamshire.
OR you can go on the National Council for Voluntary Organsiations (NCVO) website and use their volunteer centre finder.
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Who are the Nottinghamshire Pioneers Youth Forum?
The Nottinghamshire Pioneers Youth Forum are a group of young people with an interest in disability issues. They meet one Saturday a month, representing and enabling young people with disabilities to have a voice and be heard about the things that effect their lives, such as the activities they do, the places they go, where they live and the services they receive. They give young people a collective voice to express views, explore opportunities and develop the services which they have a right to. The Forum is supported by the Nottinghamshire Youth Service.
Who is it for?
It is open to 11-25 year olds, with an interest in disability issues.
Where and when do they meet?
Myplace@WestfieldFolkhouse, Westfield Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1TL
One Saturday per month 11am - 3pm.
Contact details and further information
To find out more about the group you can contact Aimee Sharpe, Youth Worker, on email: email@example.com
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