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Charity, Not-for-profit & NGO careers

Disability

Why work with disability charities?

Working with people that have disabilities can be a challenging, yet amazingly fulfilling career path to pursue. These careers aren’t necessarily your average, nine-to-five kind of job. To work in this area, you will need to have a genuine desire to help people.

What do I need to work with a disability charity?

Disability charities are integral to giving people with disabilities the opportunity to live their life the way that they want to.

The guys that work with people with disabilities have a genuine passion for what they’re doing. If you’ve got bags of confidence, enthusiasm and patience and you are looking for a real challenge, then this career path could be right for you.

Versatility is essential for anybody working for a disability charity. Whether you’re working with mentally or physically disabled individuals, it’s important to be able to adapt to different challenges and have a good understanding of the various ways you can help.

You will have to be a personable individual who can mix with anyone. Experience isn’t particularly necessary, but it does help to increase your knowledge of how to respond to different situations.

What roles do disability charities need?

More hands-on roles are particularly popular in this sector. Care assistants can be involved with anything from home visits, to helping children with major learning difficulties in schools. These guys also work alongside the families of individuals with disabilities. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check - is essential for people working in these roles.

Working for a larger charity, such as Scope or Mencap, will give you the opportunity to try your hand at different roles within the organisation and gain valuable experience quickly.

Marketing, administration and fundraising focused careers are incredibly important for disability charities. These charities receive very little government funding, so the responsibility of managing funds and creating awareness is hugely important.

Whilst work experience isn’t an absolute must to break into these careers, volunteer work can show that you have a genuine passion for helping people with disabilities. You could even volunteer in charity shops!

Working in this sector can be immensely rewarding but it’s certainly not for everyone. Have you got what it takes?