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Author: JennyPearce Published: 8th September 2011 16:42

Dorset-based charity Diverse Abilities Plus is to host a Volunteer & Recruitment Fair on Wednesday 14th September between 12pm and 3pm at the Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts. Members of the public are invited to attend this free event if they are seeking a volunteering opportunity within a local not-for-profit organisation, or wish to find out about employment opportunities.



The charity, that provides lifetime support to children and adults with varying disabilities across Dorset, will have information stands in the gallery of the Lighthouse. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to improve their CV and to find out how to gain qualifications in care. They will also be able to find out more about the many and varied opportunities that are available at Diverse Abilities Plus. All attendees will also be invited to enter a free prize draw.

Diverse Abilities Plus, which supports over 200 people across its range of services throughout the county, is supported by nearly 100 volunteers annually but has a great need for many more. Without volunteers the charity would not be able to continue providing the level of care that it does to families in Dorset.

The charity currently has a wide range of volunteering opportunities including Honorary Treasurer, Community Event Assistant, Graphic Design, Advisor, and Play worker among a variety of others.

Hugh Felstead, Event Organiser, said "The Volunteer and Recruitment Fair is a great opportunity for those wishing to work within the charity sector. We will be providing free information and advice, and our in-house experts will be advising on how people in the community can develop skills and experience which would prove useful for working within the care industry."

The Lighthouse is located at 21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG. For more information or to contact Diverse Abilities Plus please visit www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk or call 01202 718266.


Editors Notes

Diverse Abilities Plus is a charity that has been supporting children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities working in the County of Dorset, England for 55 years. The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for young people aged two to 19, adults and families. Services include:
• Langside School - independent, non maintained specialist day school for children and young people from the age of two to 19 years who have PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities). It's one of only 19 similar SEN (special education needs) schools in the UK.
• Smithers - provides overnight and day short breaks. Short breaks help families manage the challenges of providing full time care for their child. A visit can be during the day or a ‘sleep over' allowing the child to make and meet friends and relax and enjoy themselves.
• Shapes - provides home support (domiciliary care) for children and young people aged between two and 18 with individually tailored programs.
• Project My Time - provides child-led holiday activities that give young people with disabilities the same leisure and fun opportunities that their peers enjoy.
• Barnabas - a well equipped day setting for adults. Adults can learn new skills and enjoy a wide range of experiences.
• Supported living - this service is for people who live in their own home but may need up to 24/7 support.
• Disability Wessex - offers assistance with disability benefits for people with disabilities or chronic and acute health conditions and their families or carers, as well as the parents of disabled children.
• Play Opportunities - supports families with disabled children to have a chance to get out and enjoy themselves with other families in similar situations.
• Awesome Days and Awesome Nights - A youth group, set up and run by young people of all abilities, aged between 13 - 19 years.
• Face 2 Face - a free and confidential network of trained volunteer befrienders, who support parents to make positive adjustments to the news that their child has a disability or additional need. Every Face2Face befriender is a parent whose own child has a disability. They know what it's like to cope with a new diagnosis and can offer support parent to parent.

The charity was founded in 1955 by Mrs Phyllis Edwards who formed a group of parent's intent on providing better opportunities for their children with physical and learning disabilities.

Visit Diverse Abilities Plus Facebook page at www.facebook.com/diverseabilitiesplus and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GoldChallengeDA

For more information
Contact: Zoe Hiljemark, PR Account Director / Jenny Pearce, Senior PR Account Executive
E-mail: zoe@marketing-matters.co.uk / jenny@marketing-matters.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 777111 / +44 (0) 7770 924439
Address: Marketing Matters, Unit C, Acorn Business Park, Ling Road, Poole, Dorset, UK, BH12 4NZ


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