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Volunteering with Leonard Cheshire Disability

30 January 2016

We’re shining a light on the volunteering opportunities we have found in London. Chris Mann from Leonard Cheshire Disability, takes us inside one of those opportunities, the Randall Close Centre in Battersea.

Female volunteer giving a disabled woman a manicureAt this time of year, many of us are focussed on self-improvement; whether losing a few pounds or trying out something new and different. A few small changes can make a big difference to how we feel. Volunteering for as little as one hour a week to help isolated disabled people achieve their own personal goals is one of the rewarding ways to make 2016 a year to remember.

Leonard Cheshire Disability run a project in the borough of Wandsworth supporting disabled people in their own homes to help them to stay well, keep active and to live as independently as possible.

The heart and soul of the programme is the charity’s vibrant Randall Close Centre, in Battersea. The Big Lottery Fund in partnership with the City Bridge Trust has funded a health and wellbeing programme, supporting more than a 1,000 local disabled people to access physical exercise and lifestyle workshops that inspire a fresh look at health and fitness options in creative ways. But that’s not all.

Debbie Harper has been volunteering at Randall Close for nearly four years. She loves being involved in the wide range of activities the Centre offers.

“There are many individuals who, like me, have branched out in their areas of interest, singing and dancing, poetry, painting, sculpture, embroidery, sewing, knitting… It makes for a more colourful life.”

Two woman sitting at a crafts table with big smiles

The Randall Close Centre is a dynamic place, supporting disabled people to take back control of their lives. We welcome volunteers who would like to share their skills and passions with disabled people, both young and old. Whether it be music, dance, cooking or sports, working with disabled people can be fun, challenging and truly change your life. Debbie says

“Over the years, I have met some very special people. I have also been privileged to hear some jaw-dropping stories! Being a volunteer at Randall Close is not always easy-peasy, but it has taught me more than I ever thought it would. It has definitely enhanced my life.”

Whatever your talent, sharing it with others is a special way to make a big difference. It is an opportunity to work with some amazing individuals and help disabled people participate more fully in the community, gaining the confidence and skills they need to live healthier, more independent lives.


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