Leonard Cheshire Disability’s ‘Can Do’ scheme offers exciting opportunities for 10 to 35‑year-old disabled people to volunteer in their community. Over 6,000 young disabled people have volunteered through ‘Can Do’ since Leonard Cheshire established it in 2008.
With the programme now serving 18 regions across the UK, the charity hosted a reception in Parliament for volunteers and politicians who believe ‘We Can Do’. Caroline met some of the 1,000 disabled people to have this year developed skills and gained confidence through Can Do workshops, community projects and mentoring.
“I was delighted to meet two really inspiring young people from our local area, Carrieanne from Portsmouth and Connor from Gosport. It was great to hear about the skills they’d learnt on the scheme and how it has made a real difference to them. Not only does it allow hundreds of young disabled people the opportunity to gain skills, meet new people and have fun, but their work makes a real difference to their local communities.
Speaking to MPs at the event, Leonard Cheshire Chief Executive Neil Heslop said: