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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Disability Inclusion Event Assistants Required

Do you have personal experience of disability? If so, join us in leading the way to a more inclusive world. Take a stand on something you believe in! We are looking for people who are passionate and who have personal experience of disability based in and around Edinburgh, to volunteer.

The Rehabilitation International World Congress (RI World Congress) champions the social inclusion and the empowerment of disabled people globally.

Over 1,000 delegates from around the world will be attending the conference, many of whom may be disabled people.

public speaker addressing delegatesWe need your help to ensure delegates receive a warm welcome to the city and that their needs are met during the event. We looking for a range of volunteer roles and we have multiple positions available. You are welcome to join us in one or more roles and to offer your support in a range of ways.

Conference Travel Buddies/Conference Assistants

You will be the first point of contact for many of the delegates. You will be working as part of a team that contributes towards the overall experience of the visitors. Your job will be to ensure delegates get around Edinburgh as smoothly as possible and that they have a great experience of the city.

For the Conference Travel Buddy and the Conference Assistant role we are looking for people who have a strong local knowledge of Edinburgh and its attractions or the ability to translate information confidently to delegates.

You’ll bring a professional manner and the confidence to work independently along with a ‘can do’ attitude! Additional languages or sign language would be useful.

Welcome Hosts

edinburgh evening skyline viewWe need “ambassadors” to provide local advice for delegates wishing to explore Edinburgh. As a “Welcome Host” you’ll ensure that delegates receive a warm welcome and excellent customer service.

“Delegate Support Volunteers” with organisational and problem-solving skills will help run the conference helpdesk. We’ll be looking for people who can offer a warm welcome to guests and provide excellent customer service.

You’ll need strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to confidently signpost delegates. You’ll bring a professional manner and the confidence to work independently along with a ‘can do’ attitude! Additional languages or sign language would be useful.

Animal and music lovers

A selection of volunteers will be asked to look after delegates’ guide dogs as a “Guide Dog Area Volunteer.” There may be opportunities to be part of a team to help organise a secret music event as the last session of the conference. (This should be kept top secret.)

What are the practical considerations?

We would ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of eight hours during week commencing Monday 24th October 2016, in addition to time set for training, etc.

How do I sign up?

If you like the sound of any of our advertised volunteer roles and you live in or around Edinburgh, please email or call us for more information.

Download the application form here: RIWC Shaw Trust volunteer application form

Email volunteers@shaw-trust.org.uk 

Call us on 0300 247 2222