I Can Make It : a campaign run by and for young disabled volunteers

I Can Make It is a campaign run by and for young disabled volunteers to smash barriers to employment and create better job opportunities.
Funded by Comic Relief, we aim to influence existing spending by businesses and local government to open up more job opportunities for young people living with health conditions or disabilities
We really want young disabled people to join us as volunteers so we can create new job opportunities.

Why do we need the campaign?

I Can Make it was created because we need to increase employment opportunities for young people with disabilities or long term health conditions.

What’s it all about?

The campaign is led by young disabled volunteers using their experiences and our support. If you’re aged 18 - 29 and living in Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Sheffield and Southampton, then we would love to hear from you. NB other cities will also be considered.

We aim to influence existing spending in local government and large businesses by engaging with their procurement teams and supply chain managers to raise awareness of the benefits of employing young disabled people.

As a volunteer you will

  • Meet with key decision makers (people in power) in local authorities and businesses
  • Influence them, through sharing good practice and stories, to remove barriers to employment for young disabled people
  • Help raise awareness of back to and in-work support such as Access to Work
  • Share your findings using Twitter, Facebook and Social Media.
  • Regularly communicate with your fellow I Can Make It volunteers via telephone, skype and e-mail

You will also learn about:

  • How local government works e.g. procurement and tendering processes
  • Buying and supply chain policies and corporate social responsibility
  • Campaigning in your local area
  • Inclusive recruitment and retention practices
  • We are looking for people who can spend on average one day a week working on this campaign and learning new skills as required.

How will being a volunteer help me?

  • You will become more confident in speaking for yourself and people like you.
  • You will learn how to create and deliver strong presentations
  • you will develop a range of other valuable and transferable skills
  • You will be able to demonstrate initiative and engagement with the wider world including your own community
  • You will meet new people from different backgrounds and regions, including in your own area

How will other people like me benefit from this project?

Influencing tendering and procurement policies means more young people with disabilities will find sustainable employment. We’ll be evaluating the campaign and sharing good practice with local government and large employers to prove that this approach works. We will also show others how they can do what we have done.

We also want to raise awareness of other support such as Access to Work. If more employers know about how Access to Work can benefit their organisation, they’re more likely to employ young disabled people.

We’re also open to other suggestions on how to make a difference.

I’m interested in volunteering, how do I get involved?
Please e-mail Leo Capella (leo.capella@disabilityrightsuk.org) with your CV, a message explaining why you want to volunteer for this project, and what you need to take part are as soon as possible.

I can’t volunteer but what else can I do to take part?

You can like and get talking on our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/ICanMakIt2

Or if you prefer to tweet follow our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ICanMakit

Web page: www.icanmakeit.me.uk
Please spread the word about I Can Make It!

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