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Final deadline for Access to Volunteering grants

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Fri, 27/08/2010

Access to Volunteering: Wave Four Awards

The final deadline for Access to Volunteering grants is 6th September 2010.

To date, 283 voluntary, disability and community organisations have received funds of between £250 - £5,000 to help disabled people volunteer.

The latest awards from the Office for Civil Society's pilot scheme, which is operating in three test regions, include:

  • The Ramblers Association who received just over £2,000 for disabled volunteers in Greater London to design, trial, promote and launch an ‘Accessible Walks’ programme.
  • Arts 50 Alive! in the West Midlands whose £5,000 grant will fund an ‘Allotment Project’ that partners disabled adults with young people in a combination of traditional activities, such as gardening and jam making, with present day computer and IT skills.
  • The Everton Foundation in the North West, who were granted just under £5,000, to give 10 disabled volunteers training in sports coaching, refereeing, IT, web design, office administration and PR.  Speaking of the award, Scott Black, Volunteer Coordinator at the Everton Foundation said: "The grant provided by Access to Volunteering will be instrumental in providing opportunities for disabled volunteers to overcome the barriers they experience, such as transport, mentoring support and actual access to opportunities within the sporting industry.”

To find out more about current Access to Volunteering projects, and how to apply visit the website at:

Or, call the helpline for more information on: 03000 123 346

Please note we are keen to receive applications from organisations that are new to volunteering, and that aim to overcome the attitudinal barriers that sometimes prevent disabled people from volunteering.

Access to Volunteering