Meet our Volunteer Coordinator


Hi I'm Julie Hawkins, I work at Grundy Hub in Bury as the Deputy Manager.  I'm really keen to support volunteers within our service as I feel they can offer a wide range of skills and experience that will enhance the support we provide at Grundy Hub.


What value do you see in volunteers support the service?

The joy and sense of fulfilment that a volunteer can gain from supporting the people we support to live their best live.

Studies have shown that the more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering increases self-confidence and self-esteem, it can keep you physically and mentally active and helps you meet new people; extending your social network. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. Volunteers will gain valuable work experience, meet new people, share their knowledge and will feel pride in supporting their local community. The people we support gain from the experience of meeting new people and learning new skills with the range of volunteers who come to support them.


How can a volunteer get involved at Grundy Hub?

Volunteers can get involved in supporting people to take part in activities such as singing, quizzes, bowls, games, gardening, day trips and much more. Volunteers may have a particular skill or hobby that they would like to share with the people we support such as playing a musical instrument, dancing, knitting or keep fit, etc. If you don’t feel that these roles are for you, there are also opportunities for you to support in more general activities such as making drinks for people or just having a chat and sharing stories and memories. 


What support can you offer a volunteer?

Persona offer a range of training to support volunteer roles, plus you will gain experience and new skills working alongside a trained and highly skilled staff team.



Complete an application form

Click here for our Volunteer and Work Experience online application form or take a look at some of the questions we often get asked about volunteering.