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Disabled Living Foundation- Independent Living Volunteer

Details of the Charity:

We are the UK’s leading source of impartial information and expert advice on independent living. A national charity, we have built up over 40 years an unparalleled range of information on daily living equipment and other useful advice for people who might need some help in living their live to the full.

With a huge range of equipment available, sometimes it can be confusing. How do you know what is available? Where do you go to buy equipment? How do you know what is right for you? How do you know if a supplier is reputable? DLF provides all the answers to these questions.

Our advice and information reaches everyone and provides individuals with options rather than just opinions. Whether you’re finding certain tasks a bit more difficult as you get older or you have a disability yourself, or a bit more difficult as you get older or you have a disability yourself, or you know or care for someone in this situation, DLF can help.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

We are looking for volunteers to assist us to share key knowledge, awareness and advice with elderly/disability community groups. The volunteers will be spreading the word and providing advice about key equipment that can dramatically assist to improve the lives of those living independently. 
There is so much equipment out there that can help people improve their day to day lives. Volunteers will play a vital role in explaining to local community groups what equipment is out there and where to get it. The volunteer coordinator will provide all the training so there is no need to be an expert!


  • We only ask volunteers to give around 4 hours per month as a minimum, although many of our volunteers give more than this. 
  • You can do these talks with other volunteers so can meet new people or apply with a friend so you can do them together!
  • There is flexibility regarding when you volunteer each week, fortnight or month.
  • Our aim is for each volunteer to become part of the team and you will receive regular support and communications from our Volunteer Coordinator.

Skills Required:

  • Comfortable speaking to small/ medium informal groups of people

Additional Benefits:


  • We will pay reasonable travel expenses
  • Become a trained Independent Living Volunteer (we are the UK’s leading source of impartial information and expert advice on independent living)
  • Great addition to your CV 
  • Free training 
  • Helps with public speaking – although the talks are normally very informal 
  • Make a difference, one 1 hour talk can completely change people’s lives and mean they are able to live more independently. 
  •  The talks allow volunteers to speak directly to different community groups in their local area
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Award Ceremony.
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?