Standing your ground

Our opinions, our lives and our actions make up who we are. I’m a stubborn influencer with a hint of cheekiness and a catalogue of results; that’s me. Well add in the Phil Mitchell resemblance with a splash of BFG qualities.

I stand by this and the decisions I’ve made in life, as our actions allow us to understand who we are as individuals.

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Volunteering at the local volunteer centre

Every action takes us further into creating our unknown, with every step highlighting characteristics we’ve found.

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Sharing my story with the local university

Finding ourselves happens in the most unlikely ways and when I started volunteering, I found John. The qualities highlighted above are the traits I possess and won’t change for anyone, as why would I change for anyone?

My question is, why don’t we do this enough as a volunteer?

If we don’t believe in a procedure the charity we volunteer with takes, why do we follow? Because it’s not our roles to critique processes? That’s crap! Volunteering is our opportunity to change a charity for the long run and one I regularly do, as without challenge, how does change happen?

It doesn’t. With every process I’ve challenged, I’ve felt good. We challenge to increase benefits for the beneficiaries resulting in more smiles being created.

Isn’t volunteering about putting smiles on faces?

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2 thoughts on “Standing your ground

  1. I volunteered for 15 years in a charity shop of a charity which has a public face of humanitarianism and caring. For 90% of those years it was fantastic. Last year it turned into a nightmare. We had a new shop manager who was fired after 2 and a half months due to buying drugs in the shop from customers. Morale was at rock bottom. We had a temporary manager who treated everyone like dirt – when I stood up to them, they made a complaint to the area manager about me.
    Because of the complaint, the new manager gave me a telling off and a warning about my behaviour. I was also threatened with having my offer of volunteering rescinded if I didn’t behave. I and all the other volunteers were blamed for everything bad that had happened. The manager who complained about me was allowed to sit in with this telling off. At no point was I asked what had happened or for my side of things. When another volunteer complained to the area manager about what happened – they were sacked. Unsurprisingly, I left. Volunteers can only stand up for themselves and speak out against things that are wrong, if the people in charge listen to volunteers.

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    1. I agree with this part Rich. Thank you as well for sharing your experience. I’d love to say that everyone in the sector listen and give volunteers the time of day, but I’ve been in experiences myself where they haven’t happened. The only thing we can do really is to be ourselves and if we feel the need to speak up, then speak up. If they don’t listen, then like you did, don’t give them the time of day.

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