Volunteer The Disability Resource Centre needs you There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at The Disability Resource Centre. Whatever your skills and experience or time you have to give, we would love to hear from you. We have a range of opportunities across our services to support people with disabilities, carers and family members. Michael talks about his voluntary work. YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLw9Lo6mSeE MAKE A DIFFERENCE The Disability Resource Centre is a user-led charity, run by disabled people for disabled people. We provide a range of free services empowering people of all ages who are affected by disability or health conditions to fulfill their potential and aspirations. We help disabled people, carers and families across Bedfordshire, Luton and Northamptonshire.Over 10,000 people access our services each year. Services include information and advice, welfare benefits advice, specific support for carers, personalisation, direct payments services, equipment for daily living, peer support groups, training for personal assistants, support for employers of personal assistants, training in personal development and IT, employment courses and support for employers of disabled people. HOW? Whether you would like to meet new people, provide support to local residents or gain valuable work experience, please contact us to talk through opportunities that are available. We will find a role that is right for you.We have Centres in Dunstable and Northampton with opportunities within: Advice ServicesCall centreAdministrationRetail and storesVolunteer your time to run a support group for others, help others with learning or gaining work or even become one of our Ambassadors.As a retail volunteer, you could be serving customers, creating eye-catching displays or getting stock ready behind the scenes. As a trained advisor you could provide a range of assisted information to our service users. Gain new skills and use those that you already have to support others. WHY VOLUNTEER? There are lots of benefits to volunteering, using your skills to help others or developing new ones, Do something you enjoy whilst supporting a cause you care about.Whatever your reason, we would love to hear from you. GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE Volunteering gives you the opportunity to develop core skills – such as working in a team, effective communication and problem solving. You can also expand your vocational skills including IT, Customer Service and Advice skills MEET NEW PEOPLE Volunteering is a great way to meet people. Join our friendly team who really value the contribution you make. ACCESS TO TRAINING Whilst at The Disability Resource Centre you can access our training programmes as part of your induction, training package and wider work of The Disability Resource Centre. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn new things. DEVELOP YOUR TRANSFERABLE SKILLS Skills you gain in volunteering can be transferred into other situations or roles, even helping those looking for paid employment to get back to work. ENHANCE YOUR CV Volunteering experience can demonstrate positive personal qualities such as motivation and helping others. Your CV can show what you have been doing, key skills, roles and responsibilities. Volunteering can help fill skills gaps in your CV and show what you can do. DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY If there is something you enjoy doing, why not share it? Do you enjoy talking to people, researching online, designing marketing material, fixing things or helping others? BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE Meeting new people, trying something new and entering new situations can build your confidence and self-esteem. Meeting others in similar situations and talking to people can have positive benefits. CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING We appreciate all the organisations that provide staff time to come and volunteer at the Centre to make a difference to those using our services. Whether it is volunteering your areas of expertise, or doing something completely different, it is all appreciated.We can work with you to explore opportunities that meet the needs of your organisation, its Corporate Social Responsibility and support to our service users. WHAT NEXT? If you would like to volunteer with us, please complete our application form or contact us through any of the following methods:Call: 01582 470900Website: www.drcbeds.org.ukEmail: [email protected]Address: Poynters House, Poynters Rd, Dunstable, LU5 4TP Join the team The Disability Resource Centre welcomes applications from disabled people, those with learning disabilities, carers or those with an interest in disability issues. We believe in Empowering people of all ages who are affected by disability or health conditions to fulfil their potential and aspirations.