Calling disabled people to share experiences of volunteering
If you are a disabled person and have volunteered in sport or physical activity, what would you have to say about it? Was it rewarding? Were there obstacles? The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is keen to understand more about the experiences of disabled people who volunteer in sports and physical activity and we have appointed Revealing Reality to lead on the research.
Your experience, good or bad, can help us to improve opportunities and experiences for disabled people in volunteering. In particular, we would like to know:
- Why did you volunteer?
- What role did you play?
- How did you get into it?
- What aspects were rewarding?
- Were there any barriers/challenges?
- Under what circumstances do you think disabled people are likely to volunteer?
- Did the organisation do anything to support you as a disabled person? Could they have done more?
Who are Revealing Reality?
Revealing Reality (formally known as ESRO) is a social research agency based in London. They do a lot of work that spans the design, charitable and service industries, including an end of life care project for Macmillan Cancer Support and a project around aids and adaptions for people living with arthritis for Arthritis UK. Their aim is to involve themselves in people’s day-to-day lives to try and understand what life is really like.
Given the personal nature of what they do, they are very sensitive to data protection and are committed to ethical rigor. They therefore abide by the codes of conduct of the SRA (Social Research Association), the ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists), the AQR (Association for Qualitative Research), and are currently regulated by the MRS (Market Research Society). Data from all respondents is anonymous. Full details can be provided on request.
If you’re keen to share your experiences, and you think you could spare some time to be interviewed (in person or on the phone), then please get in touch!