“Scope is a charity that exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Until then, we’ll be here.”
I’ve worked at Scope since November 2013. My last day will be 15th February 2016. The effects of living in Southend-on-Sea and working in north London have taken their toll on me.
Scope is full of great people working, and giving their all, to turn the UK into a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
The fantastic people working at Scope are up against it. It’s a hard job that they’ve taken on, and Scope attacks the issues from multiple angles. There are the charity shops, where you can buy items kindly donated by wonderful people across the country.
There is Digital and Marketing, the team in which I worked, that ensures our digital channels are ready and able to support the output from the Campaigns and Policy teams. Should Scope advertise my role, I’ll add a link to the role here. It’s a great job, working in a department that is vibrant and giving their all to improve the situation for disabled people and their families. The enthusiasm is contagious, and it’s what kept me in a job that had a two-hour commute each way.
The output from these two teams drive our story and legal output via tireless research. That research is then used to either show the public the plight faced by disabled people every single day or convince the government to spare a thought for some of the most vulnerable people in the UK.
A group of citizens that are struggling to make ends meet due to the extra costs of disability do not necessarily have the time nor money to push back when deep cuts and savings made by the government impact them. It is these people and their families and friends that Scope works for.
In my two and a bit years at Scope, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with, working alongside, and just observing many fantastic people. I’ll miss them very, very much. I’ve been a part of a great team that worked to deliver Scope’s new website in April 2014. A website that supported the charity’s efforts to End the Awkward, and providing a little light-hearted humour around the A-Z of sex. There were campaigns with more serious tones as well, such as the one that shone the spotlight on the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, highlighting great work done by many great people two decades ago. Work that has made my life today in 2016 much easier.
That’s why I’m writing this, I guess. I wanted to do something that would make a difference. I wanted to help raise awareness a bit. Every little counts, and the more people that know about Scope and what they do, the more of an effect Scope can have when they do their best to make this a country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
That’s not a lot to ask for is it?
I thought about how I could make a difference right now, and I came up with two things, the first is to put my money where my mouth is and donate to Scope. I’ve set up a monthly donation to Scope of £10. As long as Scope strives to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else I will donate £10 a month.
I’ve done this because I have seen the relief that happens when families and parents are thrown a lifeline just when everything seems hopeless. And I want more families and parents to feel that relief, just so they can, perhaps, go back to just being a family without all the extra struggles they encounter.
I’ve done this because I have staffed the Scope stall at the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire and had the pleasure of chatting to many people that graciously donated their time and efforts to both training for (and doing) the Ironman and raising a large amount of money for Scope.
I’ve done this because I’ve worked alongside some truly great people in my years at Scope. Once my personal journey has progressed a bit farther, I still plan to approach Scope with the intention of completing the half Ironman for them. It’d be a waste of a place right now, but when it’ll be a worthy use of a place, I’ll be right there.
I’ve done this because every donated pound ensures that the Helpline will be fully staffed and able to help out more families to go with the countless already helped.
If these words, if this post encourages even one more person to donate to Scope right now then the time spent writing this will have been worth it.
Will that be you? Will you answer the call and donate to Scope, to enable them to continue their quest for equality?
I hope so, but whether or not that is the case, thank you for reading these words. Talk about Scope with your friends. Share this post on Twitter, on Facebook, via email. Awareness has a very real currency of its own, and that’s something that we can all do. We can all shine a light on what Scope is doing so that they have the sheer force of will to convince our government not to abandon those that most need our help.
Will you donate? Everything counts.
Will you spread the word? Tell anyone you want to, to come here and read this post.