Young disabled volunteers from Leonard Cheshire Disability helped homeless people to stay warm at Christmas...
The volunteers, from Leonard Cheshire’s inclusive volunteering programme Can Do, packed and distributed ‘Care and Share’ bags to distribute to a homeless shelter in Twickenham.
The ‘Care and Share’ bags contain a hat, gloves, socks and toiletries with a personalised gift tag with a message from the Can Do volunteers saying ‘someone is thinking of you’. These bags were delivered to SPEAR which supports homeless people in London.
Across the UK, from Belfast to Brixton, 20 groups of Can Do volunteers were packing and distributing bags to over 400 people. The Can Do volunteers are all aged between 18 and 35 and have enjoyed getting out in their communities at Christmas.
Project manager Ruth Bowen said:
“At Christmas especially, we want to help those who have the greatest need and not having the basics of shelter and food really strikes a chord with the young people we work with and they can make a difference.
The project is giving the volunteers an opportunity to gain confidence in getting out and about in their local area, including using public transport.
For young people taking action in their community and being able to make a difference to others is very empowering. Contributing to the way the local community operates can make a significant difference to someone feeling valued and included in society - yet disabled people are significantly less likely to engage in formal volunteering or be employed than non-disabled people.”