“We are proud to work alongside Volunteering Matters in order to improve the life chances and employment prospects of disabled young people as we work toward our goal of halving the employment rate gap. Evidence shows that the more contact children, including disabled children, have with the world of work, the more likely they are to go on to successfully unlock their own talents and achieve greater independence through employment. By supporting this initiative we can all play a part in ensuring that disabled young people have their aspirations and ambitions supported and that they are not left out nor left behind.” Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson 2015-16
Following a very successful DWP partnership pilot in 2014/15 Volunteering Matters is launching its young disabled peoples’ work shadowing programme. The programme matches young disabled people with businesses and individuals who mirror the young person’s aspirations. Overall, the programme aims to inspire young disabled people to think of potential career opportunities, help build confidence and aspirations, and expose the young people to working environments.