Where Can Disabled People Volunteer

Having a disability should not be a reason to not volunteer. In fact, it is perhaps even more reason to volunteer. Seeing someone actively engaging with the community that has a disability is an inspiration to everyone and may even encourage more people to become active.  

There are many things that you can do as a volunteer. Even with a disability you can be a very active volunteer staff member. To find the right volunteering opportunity, look for something you are passionate about. Having a passion for what you are doing will make the experience even more pleasurable.  

Some of the opportunities you may find appealing include:  

• Working with Children. Volunteer as an afterschool tutor or join a program that helps children that have disabilities. Many schools also have after school programs for children whose parents work.  

• Working with the Elderly. Many people in retirement homes are lonely. Their families or lifelone friends may not be close by. Volunteering at retirement center is an easy way to bring joy into their lives. You can do something as simple as play cards and talk. Anything and any time you contribute will make a difference.  

• Working with Disabled Veterans. Many veterans have a hard time returning to civilian life when they have suffered a disability. Provide the comfort and inspiration to a vet by volunteering at a center while disabled.  

• Working with Animals Even if your disability prevents you from walking dogs or changing cat litter at the local shelter, you can still contribute to this worthy cause. Offer to work the receiving area for incoming pets or in preparing adoption paperwork. There is always something you can contribute.  

• Working with the Disabled. Do you love sports? Why not work with the Special Olympics? Be an inspiration to a budding athlete by being a coach, a ticket taker, or even a time keeper for the events. This worthy cause is always in need of volunteers.  

• Working with the Community. Are you civic minded? Are there things in your neighborhood or area that need to be addressed? Why not volunteer time for an organization or politician so that you can be active in making these changes?  

• Working with the Community Part 2 – Do you like gardening? Do you love to be outdoors? Why not volunteer at a community garden or start one of your own? There are gardening tools available that can help those with a disability enjoy their gardening passion.  

These are only a few of the options that you should consider for volunteering. You can follow any passion and find a way to volunteer your time. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).