Inclusive volunteering is about making volunteering accessible for everyone. The Government’s Compact Code of Good Practice recognises the need ‘to effectively tackle discrimination to ensure that volunteering is open to all.’ A major barrier to more young disabled people becoming involved in volunteering is the basic problem of disablism in society.
Disablism n. discriminatory, oppressive or abusive behaviour arising from the belief that disabled people are inferior to others.
There are about 9.8 million disabled adults in the United Kingdom (22% of the adult population) and 700,000 disabled children (5% of all children). Disabled people are underrepresented within volunteering. According to CSV only 6% of volunteers in the UK are disabled (‘Disability Need Be No Handicap’, 2000). Disabled people experience exclusion from mainstream opportunities due to environmental, attitudinal and organisational barriers rather than due to the effects of their impairments.
Editor's comments - [ This guide focuses on how to involve young disabled people (aged 16–25) in volunteering programmes. It is recognised that involving young disabled people as volunteers is part of a wider issue of inclusive volunteering and where possible, links have been highlighted. The guide has been produced by the UK’s two largest disability charities, Leonard Cheshire and Scope, in co-production with young disabled people, with funding from the Russell Commission. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Moore, D. Fishcock, S. (2006). Can do volunteering: a guide to involving young disabled people as volunteers. London: Leonard Cheshire & Scope.
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