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Just who is the driving force behind volunteering?

One of our Volunteer Storytellers recently caught up with Grace Kay, Head of Volunteering, so she could share her Dimensions story.

Grace Kay

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m originally from Manchester and now live in Warrington with my partner Steve.

I’m very enthusiastic about volunteering and have worked in the voluntary sector for almost 30 years, initially in family support roles.

When my son was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia at the age of 18, my focus moved towards disability support.

Why did you join Dimensions?

I have been with Dimensions just over a year. I wanted to join partly because the role was exactly what I wanted to be doing, but also because I’m passionate about helping disabled people to live their lives to the full.

I was absolutely delighted to be offered the job!

What does your role involve?

My role as Head of Volunteering can be challenging but also rewarding. I have been creating a volunteering programme pretty much from scratch.

I spent my first few months writing the strategy and developing policies, procedures and resources. As Dimensions is a national organisation, there was a lot to do.

It’s important to me that staff understand volunteers aren’t here to replace them, they are here to work alongside them, providing added value for the benefit of the people we support.

What’s the best part of your job?

Wherever possible, I like to meet and talk with the people we support to discuss volunteering and what it might look like.

Meeting them, hearing their ideas and feeling their enthusiasm for Dimensions is fantastic.

Better still, taking their ideas forward and seeing the results in action makes me so proud.

Any memorable moments?

One of our Volunteering Officers wrote a rap about volunteering at Dimensions. It was performed by The Coasters, a musical group made up of some of the very talented people we support.

The collaboration between the Volunteering Officer and The Coasters was fabulous and the finished video is brilliant.

I actually watch it whenever I need cheering up. It will be released in April so keep an eye out for it!

What would you say to someone considering volunteering for Dimensions?

You can volunteer for Dimensions in a number of ways. We’re people focused and can find a role that suits your skills and experience.

It’s such a worthwhile opportunity so come and join us. I promise you’ll have a lot of fun.

Find out more about volunteering for Dimensions.

Words by Bryony Dent, Volunteer Storyteller