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DISABLED Solihull people are being offered a chance to build their skills and confidence by volunteering at a lottery-funded project.

DISABLED Solihull people are being offered a chance to build their skills and confidence by volunteering at a lottery-funded project.

The Birmingham Disability Resource Centre – based in Yardley – is hoping that local people will take advantage of their scheme.

Originally founded by disabled volunteers, the centre has stuck to the principle that the people who use services should also play a part in planning and delivering them.

Since September last year, the Bierton Road premises has taken on 16 volunteers from Solihull. Now the team are looking for new recruits to begin this autumn.

Volunteers may have any type of disability and successful recruits will be able to build skills like interview training and CV writing.

John Ellis, volunteer project manager, said: “Every volunteer is given a proper interview, induction and a job description which are then backed up with continual supervision and the offer of opportunities to train up to NVQ Level 3 standard.

“Three of our volunteers have already achieved an NVQ 3 qualification and, in addition, all of the placements are supporting people to become work ready. Volunteering gives people an excellent boost to their confidence and self esteem.”

If you are interesting in the next volunteer programme call John Ellis on 0121 789 7365 or email volco@disability.co.uk

 

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