Express the Success: Matt’s Volunteer Story

4 August 2021

Over the years, volunteering opportunities have become incredibly diverse. The creative arts and sports have played a big part in this and (even before the Pandemic) Virtual Volunteering had been placed firmly on the map.

Volunteering is always the start of a journey, whether long or short term. And we are so glad that we were part of this journey for one fantastic volunteer in particular, Matt Powell.

Matt spotted the Virtual Health and Exercise Volunteer opportunity we were advertising and promoting via social media. From registering his interest, he is now a very valued and celebrated volunteer with the fantastic Dimensions UK, who provide support for around 3,500 people with learning disabilities and autism across the UK. Dimensions were seeking enthusiastic volunteers to create short videos for the people they support to join along with via their YouTube channel. This role was about allowing people to showcase their creativity, develop their communication and IT skills, as well as contribute towards healthy lifestyles.

We asked Matthew about his experience:

  • Why did you decide you wanted to volunteer?

I have taught for 20 years and have experience of helping people with Additional Needs. I taught extensively on Zoom throughout lockdown and learnt the benefit of online resource for those shielding.

  • Was there a lot of choice of volunteer roles or did you have a specific idea in mind?

I applied for a specific role as an Exercise Content Creator.

  • Were there any difficulties or barriers to finding a volunteer role?

No – I responded to a Community First link and spoke directly with the Dimensions charity.

  • Was it easy to apply, what did you have to do?

Firstly I emailed the charity, then I had two Zoom interviews and completed some security questions.

  • What advice would you give other people who think they may want to volunteer?

If you think you can add value and have the time willing to contribute then you should follow your heart.

  • Was it helpful to you using the Volunteer Service/the Volunteer First website and would you recommend them to others?

Absolutely, check out the options available and if you have the time to contribute, put it to good use.

It’s the first of a series of karate home workouts that Matt plans to do and here is the start of his journey:

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