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Disability Volunteer Charter
Disability Action Alliance Volunteer Charter
Community Impact Bucks played a pivotal role promoting and supporting the December 2014 national launch of this pioneering Volunteer Charter developed by the Disability Action Alliance (DAA). The closing notes were delivered by Diane Rutter, our Services Director. The launch was hosted by Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) and the Bucks Legacy Board.
Charter Vision: 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.
Charter Aim: To increase the number, value and accessibility of opportunities for disabled people to volunteer their time, skills and experience.
Pledges: Community Impact Bucks pledged to the charter at its launch and, to date, there are over 100 not-for-profit organisations nationwide which have also done this!
At Community Impact Bucks, we involve several volunteers with a disability, having structured the opportunities to suit their need and abilities. As with all our volunteers, they have a named point of contact, are provided with support as necessary, and reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses; we also encourage all organisations involving volunteers to take these steps. Regular reviews are carried out with all our volunteers to support them in their role and make any necessary adjustments, and we frequently provide references on request. Read how Lindsey Chamier volunteers for us from home.
As the Accredited Volunteer Centre for Buckinghamshire, we also regularly promote all that is enshrined in the Charter.
Interested in making your own pledge? Visit the DAA website.
One Year On:
DAA has produced a handy publication showing how 3 not-for-profits have embraced their pledge commitments, and the positive impact that this has had.
Need further help and advice about involving volunteers with disabilities in your organisation? Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 111 1250