Shop refuses disabled volunteer

W03783H13 WH JIM HAZELL PIC S.G. 15.01.2013''Jim Hazell wanted work in the Scope Charity
W03783H13 WH JIM HAZELL PIC S.G. 15.01.2013''Jim Hazell wanted work in the Scope Charity

A disabled man has been left “frustrated” after a charity shop refused to let him sign up as a volunteer because its fire exit does not accommodate wheelchairs.

Jim Hazell, 29, of Ferring Lane, Ferring, suffers from cerebral palsy, which affects his legs.

He initially approached the Scope shop in Chapel Road, Worthing, last year, when he was first turned away.

But after hearing that the shop had changed management last week, Jim hoped the new bosses would change their minds – but was given the same response.

According to Jim, he was not allowed to work at the shop because there was no space to fit a disabled ramp to help him negotiate a small drop from the fire exit to the ground.

He said: “A year or so ago I was turned down for unpaid work at the Scope shop in Worthing because of access to the fire escape under the old management.

“I think it is not right that there is a Scope shop that can’t employ wheelchair users. It looks like a health and safety thing.”

“I asked several places for voluntary work last year but got turned away from all of them. I want to work and I thought Scope would take me on.

“I don’t know what I’ll do now.”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out today (Thursday, January 17).