Muffin1's bioA few months off retirement - eek! Getting giddy excited about the freedom and also scared of the freedom. Looking forward to spending more time with OH but know we will need our own space. Work in admin in NHS.
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24th Sep 2018Muffin1 commented on:
Volunteering - how was it for you?I am new to this site and so still finding my way around. I didn't mean to post so soon but this question touched a nerve. I am due to retire next year but hoping to do a couple of days in my existing team. My OH had to retire due to ill-health and once he started to feel he wanted useful to society we looked at voluntary work. Oh my stars, what an eye-opener. What ever happened to couple of hours a week helping? One extremely well-known older supporting charity expected a personal assistant to run their office which meant general admin stuff, taking minutes and distributing agendas plus diary management. Hello, get a secretary and pay them. Another expected admin support at least two days a week. Some charity shops are notorious for their bad treatment of volunteers in our area with paid staff belittling the voluntary staff and demanding more and more hours. I have done voluntary fund-raising work for years and enjoyed it (I can fold a raffle-ticket with my eyes shut). I stopped when a new regional director of the national charity was appointed, they lived in the village where we held the majority of our events and they had never attended any of them. Was quite happy to tell us how to run things though once they were in post. Sorry, I have gone in a bit. I think paid employees of organisations, charities need to take a step back and realise that without the voluntary staff they would struggle. The nicest thing I heard was a local church who held a high tea for their volunteers to show their appreciation of the work they do.ViewDate:
23rd Sep 2018Muffin1 commented on:
Crafting at homeI am a left-handed crocheter and never, despite my best intentions, ever get out of my granny-square comfort zone. I attended a local workshop to learn and it was a battle with myself every week not to give up as I was lagging behind everyone else. However, I now happily make granny squares boring as they are because they go to a local group who make them into blankets. I find there are some fab tutorials on YouTube aimed at us lefties but sadly my brain to hand coordination goes AWOL a lot
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