Rights and Independence – The Story of Disability Direct project is a newly funded heritage project from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

We are looking for a team of volunteers to support the creation of a new digital archive and exhibition exploring disability in Derby, Derbyshire, and the history of the charity Disability Direct. Part of the project will include gathering oral histories* from people who have connected with the charity.

An oral history is a person’s story captured on sound equipment. It is a great way to find out more about someone’s lived experience.

Disability Direct was created in 1993 by a group of disabled people who saw a need for good reliable information. They now run many projects and services that support both people locally and nationally and all of them aim to help people become or maintain independence.

In 2023, Disability Direct will be 30 years old. This project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund will celebrate the charity, the work it has done, and the people it has supported over the past three decades.

What will you be doing?

  • There will be opportunities to get involved with historical research and exhibition production.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet and capture a story from a person who has engaged with Disability Direct.
  • All volunteers will receive training from the East Midlands Oral History Archives.
  • The project is totally free, all training, which will take place in Derby, will be covered by our organisation.
  • Travel expenses will be covered.
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
  • If you require a carer or personal assistant, we can arrange this support and cover the costs.



Email : Roseanna.davey@disabilitydirect.com

Tel : 01332 299449