Today is Disability Awareness Day!
There are 13.3 million disabled people in the UK. And disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.
Sarah is one of our volunteers. She has Asperger Syndrome which means she has difficulties with communication and social interaction. She confesses that she started volunteering because she, too, had challenges finding employment. “I couldn’t get a job,” the 28 year-old says, “so I thought that offering my time in the NHS would be a worthwhile venture. People can now see my skills and who knows where it will lead?”
Sarah works in the volunteer office. “I do a lot of photocopying so I can make up the packs for prospective volunteers,” she says. She admits that sometimes she faces challenges communicating. “It’s not my most strong point, so any chances to better my vocal skills are a major plus for me.”
Despite the challenges of her condition, Sarah leads quite an exciting social life: “I’m a busy and active young woman,” she proclaims. “I’ve been in a choir since I was 13. I am regularly at different events and activities with the Pompey Football Club. Also, I collect pin badges when I go places.”
Sarah obviously is quite remarkable and admits to really enjoying her time as a volunteer. “It helps my interpersonal skills and, hopefully, I can help others.”