Enabling Action Network Event on 4th May was led by disabled people for disabled people.

We believe that communities work best when everyone can get involved and
that organisations can be flexible and give people support and control.

poster for Enabling Action event

Disabled people who volunteer or would like to, and staff from organisations who support volunteers, got together to

  • Listen to each other’s experiences of volunteering and community projects.
  • Share ideas about what we can do to enable disabled people to take part in their community.

We were welcomed to St Mark’s Church community rooms by Churchwarden Lynne.

Refreshments were provided.

We started by talking about why we were there.

We split into two groups and used Snakes and Ladders to talk about:

  • what goes well when disabled people want to volunteer or take social action
  • what gets in the way of disabled people volunteering or taking social action

Both groups came together to come up with ideas of Top Tips for supporting people to volunteer.

Top Tips for enabling people to volunteer

We each came up with our own personal action plan for how we will help make it easier for disabled people to volunteer.

We shared things we have to offer and things we would like to help us take action, on the Got It Want It wall.

The last activity was an evaluation of the event.

We agreed that we would like to meet again to review our action plans. All the Small Things CiC is going to apply for funding to pay for 1000 Lives to keep doing this work in future.

If you would like to find out more please contact us by email or phone.

hello@ 1000lives.org.uk 0751 881 3131

You can read a full report form the event here. Click on this link to download the report. Enabling Social Action Event Report final