Volunteer with Real

Real is a small local independent organisation and charity, run by disabled people for disabled people.  We support anyone:

  • who is disabled or who has a long term health condition;
  • people of all ages, genders, gender identities, ethnicities, religions, beliefs and sexual orientations
  • by working with disabled people and their friends, families, carers, professionals and allies.

Charities succeed with the support of staff and importantly volunteers.  Volunteers are the life blood of most charities; people who give of their skills, expertise and, most importantly, time.  Giving your ‘free’ time can be an important decision and is not one to be taken likely. Volunteers deserve to feel appreciated.

Real runs a volunteer programme, which is as much about developing and supporting you as Real getting the help and support it needs. We recognise that some people just want to do something for a good cause. And others can really benefit, by developing new skills, experience and confidence. We have disabled and non-disabled volunteers.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Improve your confidence – you’ll learn new skills and gain experience to improve your confidence
  • Meet new people – you’ll get to work with people from all different backgrounds and walks of life
  • Give your CV a boost – if you are considering a career in this field volunteering will show willingness and commitment to potential employers
  • Making a difference – you’ll make a difference to someone’s life by volunteering with us

About you

Do you have?

  • An interest in and understanding of people, with an ability to demonstrate empathy, compassion, patience, sensitivity and reliability
  • A friendly, professional approach with the ability to relate to a wide variety of people
  • A commitment to relate to people with different disabilities in a non-judgmental way and to treat everyone as equals.
  • The ability to carry out tasks according to our policies and standards, in particular confidentiality, equal opportunities and health and safety
  • An enthusiasm for community development

Volunteers come from all walks of life and different backgrounds. Quite often, it’s people who have experienced challenges themselves who go on to make some of the best volunteers.

Unless a role specifically states it, don’t be put off by a lack of formal education, qualifications or experience. Just as with any role, you’re not expected to hit the ground running and you’ll receive training and support to help you carry out your duties.

What’s involved

We have a wide range of volunteers, from reception support, support on our different services, right through to new board members. You’ll receive training and support to help you carry out your duties. Some of our current and former volunteers have helped with:

  • welcoming visitors to our offices
  • supporting our information service
  • telling people in Tower Hamlets about what we do
  • teaching people how to use computers
  • working on the website and writing our newsletters
  • helping people fill in benefits and housing forms

 

You can take a look around our website for more information on our organisation, and the different ways that we support disabled people.

You might like to help us for a few hours a month, or maybe you have time to do something every week.

Get more information

call Rob on: 020 7001 2176 or Lorna on 020 7001 2170
Email: hello@real.org.uk


 

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