Volunteering with DISC
We value our volunteers and seek to ensure their roles are rewarding and beneficial to all. DISC holds the Investors in Volunteers accreditation.
Volunteering with DISC benefits us all
A DISC, well over 20 per cent of our workforce are volunteers. People who spend time volunteering with DISC are treated with respect and are considered very much part of our team. We couldn’t do our work with our volunteers and we understand that they bring their experience to enhance our services.
We can offer great volunteering opportunities which are fulfilling and rewarding and which can lead to paid employment with us or elsewhere.
DISC holds the Investors in Volunteers accreditation which recognises our commitment to providing an all round volunteer experience. We employ a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator and all projects have a volunteer lead.
During 2014-15, volunteers made up 28% of our workforce. We received 236 applications for volunteer roles and, in all, volunteers contributed 13,578 hours during the year.
Using your life experience to help others
See Siobhan’s story – She started out as a volunteer and has now got a job. Siobhan says volunteering with DISC’s WY-FI project had given her “some self worth…” It had “Given me a voice, installed some hope in me that I could go on eventually to do what I’ve just done and gain employment.”
A Variety of roles
DISC offer a variety of roles and opportunities for its volunteers. These range from advocate to researcher, admin support to peer mentor, group facilitator to data entry and fundraiser to complimentary therapist. DISC are keen to support volunteers in achieving their end goal, whether that is to gain skills and experience or to be ready for paid employment. We want to make sure you enjoy your role and get the most out of volunteering with us.
Our Peer Mentoring course is highly successful in equipping people for the rewarding challenges ahead.
For latest volunteer roles please see our recruitment website mydisc jobs
Our volunteers grow with their commitment
There are many benefits from volunteering with DISC
- Learning new skills
- Gaining work experience
- Building your confidence and self esteem
- Meeting new people
- Trying something new
- Developing a skill, hobby or interest
- Making a difference to your own life and the lives of others
- Being part of a community
- Sense of achievement
- Increase employability
As a volunteer you can expect to:-
- be given a clear role description
- undertake an induction and appropriate training
- Safe working conditions
- be reimbursed for agreed out of pocket expenses associated with your volunteering
- have opportunities to develop new skills and develop knowledge
- use your skills, knowledge talents to help others
- have regular supervision and dedicated support
- be treated with respect