Reece, 21, lives with his family in Portsmouth. He was born with a brain injury, has a learning disability, hearing impairment and a physical impairment. He wanted to join Can Do to help other people, this is his story...
Reece, 21, lives with his family in Portsmouth. He was born with a brain injury, has a learning disability, hearing impairment and a physical impairment. Before Can Do, Reece hung out with friends at disability clubs, but apart from a passion for football, didn’t do much except go to college. He wanted to join Can Do to help other people.
“Join Can Do – it’s so much fun and you’ll do things you never thought you could do.
I loved it when we worked in the garden at the Frank Sorrel Disability Centre. I loved seeing people’s faces when they saw what work we did, they were really happy. You could see they thought it was brilliant. And that makes you feel good.
Can Do joined us up with the National Citizen Service and now I’m a support volunteer for them. I want to get more experience doing different things and get help with applying for jobs. I’m a lot more confident and happier now.”
In July, working with Erasmus, the EU organisation for youth volunteering, Reece became the first disabled volunteer to be sent overseas by Leonard Cheshire Disability. It was his first time travelling overseas on his own. He spent two months working with a children’s charity in Slovenia, joining other volunteers in running activities for the children, including games, football, arts and crafts, and cooking.
Reece also had the opportunity to develop some valuable transferable skills. Now back in the UK, Reece is keen to learn more about fencing and flooring, and ultimately get a paid job in this area.
“My favourite activity was laying laminate flooring in the workshop area, because I learnt new skills.”