Claire has big plans for volunteering in Yorkshire

Since joining Dimensions as a support worker twelve years ago, Claire Blake has steadily worked her way through the ranks to her current role as an operations director for the Yorkshire region.

Claire Blake

An enthusiasm for engaging with her local community, combined with an insatiable desire to improve the lives of others, has seen her lend her skills to a variety of national projects for Dimensions over the last decade.

And after holding various positions – including team manager, area manager and performance coach – she was delighted to be successful in applying for the senior role last year.

“Making sure people are treated equally has always been a passion of mine,” Claire explains. “I feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful team.”

Claire and her team currently support 170 people across Yorkshire. As part of her plan to increase volunteering opportunities in the area, she hopes to recruit 20 volunteers; all of whom will be personally matched to people we support.

“The best thing about volunteering is that it is a non-paid connection. Therefore you find people who are passionate about the cause. It’s a really lovely thing to do.”

While there are challenges that come with implementing such a large-scale volunteering programme, Claire says the positive response from staff and the people we support has been overwhelming.

She adds: “My team and I have worked very hard. We have worked alongside the volunteering teamvand taken a lead role in recognising the positive impact of volunteering in order to proactively embed opportunities within the region.

“It’s fantastic to know that our work is recognised not only by Dimensions, but by the most important people of all: the people we support.”

If you have some spare time and would like to find out about volunteering opportunities in your area, please visit the volunteering section of our website.

Words by Charlotte Brazier, Volunteer Storyteller