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Leonard Cheshire’s Can Do Project

Written by: Stuart Robertson, Director, Scotland, Leonard Cheshire Disability

Published: 18/09/2017

Stuart introduces Leonard Cheshire's volunteer programme led for and by young disabled people.

Can Do, Leonard Cheshire Scotland’s volunteer programme led for and by young disabled people aged 16 to 35 has undergone a rapid expansion throughout Scotland. With a successful history of the programme in Edinburgh, where we supported 144 disabled people last year, I’m pleased to report Can Do will also be available in Glasgow, Dumfries, and Fife.

The programme works by offering young disabled people a volunteering opportunity to work on a specialist project, and covers all expenses as well as providing extra support when needed. We aim to develop participants’ transferable life-skills through training and volunteering in their community on a project of their choosing.

As well as boosting disabled people’s skills and confidence, Can Do also tackles the stigma around employing disabled people by raising awareness and educating partner organisations about the benefits of a diverse workforce.

A recent evaluation of the Can Do project found that:

  • 94% of Can Doers gained skills to help in their future
  • 68% of Can Doers are keen to take up further volunteering, training and/or employment
  • 87% of Can Doers confidence has improved
  • 100% community organisations felt more confident working with people with disabilities

We’re excited to provide further opportunities to disabled people in Scotland, where we continue to further our mission that disabled people across the UK and around the world are able to fulfil their potential, and live the lives they choose.

Find out more about the Can Do project online, or contact our Can Do coordinator James Allan by email or phone.

James.allan@leonardcheshire.org    07525 800289.

Our Can Do projects are possible thanks to funding from Howdens Joinery, The Mathew Trust fund, and the Big Lottery.

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