Meet some of our Volunteers

In 2017, Dimensions launched a volunteering programme so more people have the opportunity to get involved in their community and develop new skills. Our monthly Volunteer Spotlight will shine a light on some of our fantastic volunteers.

Over the past year, well over 100 volunteers have worked with Dimensions colleagues to make a real difference to the people we support.

On this page, you can meet some of those and find out what volunteering with Dimensions means to them.

April’s spotlight – Nick

Meet Nick! Our volunteer under the spotlight for April 2018

“I have been volunteering with Discovery since they started, although I originally began volunteering with the people who transferred to Discovery in 2006.

“I mainly give my time to the Sea Horse Centre. A lot of the customers there do not have family involvement in their life and I feel I am one of the few people in their lives which are not paid to be there, so we have a different relationship.

“It is more relaxed, jokey and helps them to have more of a normal life.

“When I retired from the forces what I really missed was interaction with colleagues, being part of a team and volunteering has given me that back and of course makes you feel good and warm inside, offering people the opportunity to do things that they might not otherwise do.

“I do a wide range of things during my volunteering.  I was originally teamed up with a gardening group and I do that every Tuesday.

“I asked the people we support if we could do anything, what would it be? They always say a walk in the countryside or on Exmoor, so we do that lot and they love it.

“A lot of people live independently so I visited them and have taken them hawk flying on the moors, it’s fantastic they put the bird on their arm, will put a piece of meat in their hands and watch it feed, they absolutely love it.

“I also chair a friends group to raise money for the centre, xmas lunches, getting musicians in etc.”

Find out more about volunteering with Dimensions.

March’s spotlight – Jennifer

Meet Jennifer! Our volunteer under the spotlight for March 2018

Our monthly ‘Volunteer Spotlight’ shines a light on volunteers in Dimensions. This month, we spoke to Jennifer Buckley, a volunteer ‘buddy’ in Wales, who was nominated by a person we support, Kelly.

In Kelly’s own words: “Jen comes and picks me up a couple of times a week and we do lovely things together like going to the cinema, going for lunch and going for walks around the park.

I really enjoy my time with Jen. It makes me really, really happy and we laugh lots. Jen makes me motivated and I like having her to talk to.”

Jennifer says: “I’ve only been volunteering since the first week of January but I can’t praise volunteering in Dimensions enough.

“I applied to be a volunteer buddy and was matched with a lady called Kelly, who has learning disabilities and cerebral palsy. Twice a week we get together and do fun activities such as going out for food, to bowling, or to bingo.

“I had never played bingo before, so Kelly got the opportunity to teach me some new things, which she loved! Already, we are like best friends. She told me recently that I am ‘the best volunteer ever’ and have made her happy, since her mum died last year.

“As we both lost our mums recently, on Mothers’ Day this year we went for lunch. I suggested we make a Mothers’ Day card together, to remember our mums by. It was a really lovely moment and she is going to share the card we made with her family.

“I started volunteering as part of my Community Health and Wellbeing degree, but I enjoy it so much, I can’t see myself stopping. I get so much happiness from it and from seeing Kelly happy, too.

“It has changed my life for the better”.

Find out more about volunteering with Dimensions.

February’s Spotlight – Rekha

Meet Rekha! Our volunteer under the spotlight for February 2018

“My role is supporting Lisa, a volunteering officer. An average day could involve looking at emails, helping with the recruitment drive and training, and sometimes attending meetings.

“I happened upon this opportunity quite by chance on Indeed.com. I wanted to get back to part-time work but it was quite difficult to find jobs that provide the kind of flexibility that Dimensions does.

“I wanted to be a part of a working community and to keep my skills up to date. The best thing about it is feeling that I’m contributing to something worthwhile and making a difference.

“I never anticipated the kind of support that I actually received. You can do such a range of things here and the amount of support you get is amazing. It’s a great place to get started. What you choose to offer is up to you, and no contribution is too small.”

We’re delighted to say that, after gaining valuable experience in her voluntary role at Dimensions, Rekha has now accepted the offer of a paid job as Employee Support Assistant for the West Midlands Pension Fund.

Find out more about volunteering with Dimensions.

 

January’s Spotlight – Ashley

Meet Ashley! Our volunteer under the spotlight for January 2018

“I’ve been volunteering with Dimensions for almost 5 months now and I absolutely love it.

“I wanted to give something back to my community. I’m inspired by my girlfriend who works at a homelessness organisation and my mum who is a nurse caring for people with mental health issues.

“I’m also studying a computing course at university, but I felt worried about the lack of work experience on my CV.

“As an IT Support Volunteer I help Dimensions employees with a range of computing issues, which is great because I get to tap into my skillset and interest in computing.

“I’m most proud of the internal newsletter I’ve produced for the team and I really enjoy putting it together.

“Before I volunteered with Dimensions, I was very shy and anxious. But the Dimensions team – especially Teri (Regional Assistant) and Amie (HR Business Partner) – have really welcomed me. I’ve made new friends and I feel like part of the team.

“I think the social skills I’ve learnt have been one of the most enjoyable and beneficial parts of being a volunteer.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Dimensions for taking me on as a volunteer. I’ve learnt so much and I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Find out more about volunteering with Dimensions.