The pandemic saw a surge in volunteering with 12.4 million people offered their time in 2020. Among this group were 4.6 million first-time volunteers, including 360,000 people who were disabled or had a long-term health condition. Despite there being significant numbers of disabled volunteers in the UK, there are some major gaps in what is known about their experiences and the barriers they may face in offering their time.
To help organisations better understand the needs of disabled people, and open up more volunteering opportunities, Spirit of 2012 has funded research into inclusive volunteering. The study has been carried out by a team coordinated by Kim Donahue Associates. They have analysed new data from the Understanding Society Survey as well as undertaking six in-depth case studies of organisations that work with volunteers.
The research team will present their findings on 26th May. The webinar will also be a chance to discuss the implications of the findings on policy and practice. We will have responses from volunteers, civil society and the Shaping the Future with Volunteering and Vision for Volunteering initiatives.
Who is the event for: organisations that work with volunteers, volunteer infrastructure organisations, policymakers.
To join the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/324907586337