Jenny is our first ever Community Volunteering Champion, a role of great importance to the day-day running of volunteering in each of our regions.
We caught up with her to find out about the role and her reasons for wanting to volunteer with Dimensions.
What is a Community Volunteering Champion (CVC)?
We help Locality Managers to identify potential volunteering roles for their services, create role descriptions and market the roles. We also support them in recruiting new volunteers.
I’m a CVC in Portsmouth, where we are currently looking for volunteers both in and outside of Dimensions. Anyone can volunteer and I hope to encourage people to get involved.
There really is something for everyone – helping people to learn new skills or take part in activities, assisting with DIY jobs, gardening or driving, or just being someone’s companion for a day out.
We can help volunteers to find a role that is both fulfilling and fun for them and the people we support.
Tell me a bit about yourself
I live in Chichester and I work for a global publisher. My family lives in Norwich and my friends are spread across the UK, so most weekends are spent travelling!
In my spare time, I like to keep fit and healthy. I practice two martial arts – Aikido and Capoeira – and go running when I can. I’m also learning sign language which is mainly to be able to communicate with my niece who is deaf.
Why did you want to volunteer?
My niece was born with CHARGE Syndrome (a rare genetic disorder which impacts on all the senses).
A couple of years ago I decided to fundraise for the CHARGE Family Support Group and raised more than double my target.
This has since inspired me to pursue other opportunities to support causes that share similar values, which drew me to Dimensions.
I also volunteer for Seeing Ear, an online library for blind or visually impaired people.
Do your skills from work help you within this role?
Absolutely! Though they are very different, I have worked in publishing for over 10 years, so have developed strong project management, communication and editorial skills, which I think are really helpful in this role.
I’m very enthusiastic and motivated to help Dimensions with their volunteering programme, so if you have any questions, just ask!
We are on the lookout for our next Community Volunteer Champions – could this be you? Search for volunteer vacancies near you.