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Sample Volunteer Abroad Projects — Great Britain

Assisting Individuals with Disabilities

‘Vitalise’ is a national disability charity providing breaks for disabled adults, children and their caregivers at five centres in Cornwall, Nottingham, Southport, Essex and Southampton. Their vision is to live in a society in which choice and opportunity are available to all. Their mission is to help disabled and visually impaired persons to exercise choice, and to provide vital breaks for caregivers and inspirational opportunities for volunteers. Vitalise provides an essential service. There are around 10 million disabled people in the UK, 28% of whom will not take a break this year. Many are cared for full-time by family or friends who also miss out on the break they desperately need. For many of the UK's 6 million caregivers, the care relationship is not based on normal working hours or shifts, but means a 24-hour day, 7 days a week. It is not surprising that studies have shown that 59% of caregivers suffer from deteriorating health as well as depression; isolation and loneliness. There are many ways that you can have a direct impact on the lives of thousands of disabled people and their caregivers by volunteering.


Vitalise has 5 residential centres around the UK. Volunteering opportunities are generally available at all of them. Most Vitalise locations are suitable for adults of any age with physical disabilities. Guests with Alzheimer’s/dementia are welcomed at some facilities during specific Alzheimer’s weeks. Experienced nursing and care staff are on call to provide assistance 24 hours a day. Volunteers provide support and companionship for guests.

Vitalise Jubilee Lodge, Essex

Vitalise Jubilee Lodge is ideally situated to take advantage of the countryside, the east coast and our great capital city. The Centre is located in a leafy woodland setting close Epping Forest, a former royal hunting ground and nature reserve.

Vitalise Netley Waterside House, Southampton

Facing Southampton Water, just a few miles from the vibrant city of Southampton, Vitalise Netley Waterside House is a modern building set amid landscaped gardens.There is wheelchair access through the gardens down to tranquil Southampton Water. Historic Netley Abbey and Netley village are close by.

Vitalise Netley Waterside House is suitable for adults of any age with physical disabilities.

Vitalise Sandpipers, Southport

Vitalise Sandpipers overlooks the tranquil Marine Lake. Watch the stunning sunsets from the accessible grounds or the spacious sun terrace. Sandpipers is close to the centre of Southport, with its renowned promenade and Victorian arcades, and only a short distance from Liverpool.

Vitalise Skylarks, Nottingham

Vitalise Skylarks sits in peaceful countryside in West Bridgford, a short distance from the lively city of Nottingham.

Nearby lies historic Sherwood Forest and slightly further afield is the Peak District with its beautiful villages and stunning vistas. At Vitalise Skylarks itself, many rooms open directly onto the lovely gardens.

Vitalise Churchtown, Cornwall

Vitalise Churchtown is an accessible adventure activity centre located in the beautiful village of Lanlivery, near Bodmin.
Residential breaks and one day or half day adventure activities are offered on a 12-acre site surrounded by rolling green countryside. Sandy beaches and tourist attractions such as The Eden Project are just a short drive away.The wide range of on-site activities includes a challenge course, a small working farm, climbing tower, nature reserve, activity lake, camping field and archery range.

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