Phab is a national charity that is dedicated to the complete integration of people with disabilities into the wider community. They inspire people of all abilities to come together on equal terms and make more of life together. Phab stands for “Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied”. The University of Reading’s Phab project aims to host fundraising and awareness events on campus as well as running campaigns on disability.
They also work closely with local Phab clubs and many students currently volunteer at Phab Berkshire’s Saturday morning children sessions which run from 10am until 1pm. These clubs encourage children and teenagers with disabilities to grow and express themselves in a stimulating and safe environment.
The project here in Reading was set up by third year student, Tristan Spencer, who has been involved with the charity for five years with the help of first year student, Ellie Grimes, who has been involved for two years.
Tristan says: “I think my experience with Phab has definitely enriched me as a person. I mean, it’s fun, you meet great people and add to your skillset; but more than anything it is worthwhile making a positive impact on people’s lives and seeing them happy. “It develops a sense of maturity and an appreciation for life. I would recommend getting involved with Phab to anyone.”
Why join Phab?
Volunteers can choose between volunteering with local Phab clubs or help with the organisation and running of on campus events and campaigns. Both are great ways to develop key skills and boost your CV, with all hours contributing to the RED Award. The weekly sessions with the Phab Berkshire club are fun, engaging, rewarding and provide experiences that no other society can provide. There is a strong sense of community with all Phab clubs and the social side of the University Phab project will be lively, proving to be a great way to get to know new people while doing something different and incredibly worthwhile.
How to join:
If you are interested in joining the committee or simply volunteering for Phab, message Tristan Spencer or Ellie Grimes. Email: email@example.com Facebook: UoR Phab
Volunteering sessions happen every Saturday morning, but events such as the “Phab Revue” are happening at end of this term, and next term they are holding a Disability Sports Day. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the committee if you are keen to volunteer!