In The volunteering I do, there is a lot of outreach work associated with it. So my regular followers know that I work for an organisation locally called friendly call, we have a client base, who are vulnerable, elderly, isolated and living alone, ill, mentally ill, etc. As part of our work, we do things sometimes for the clients, it isnt just daily phone calls we provide for them. We have also been known to cut their lawns, bring them shopping, do home visits, in fact today my supervisor brought a client to macdonalds for lunch. My supervisor is awesome. She goes way above and beyond what she is supposed to do, what her job description says. She really is a great community development worker which is what her title is. If we werent doing those things, our clients would have very little support, so its good we’re able to provide them with the extra support. It feels so good to be able to help someone out. I really do feel great every time I finish a shift at my volunteer job.
i am so exhausted, i wish i was in bed! i am working though. i will be here for at least another hour. we’re really busy this afternoon.
i’ve got some extra people to call, there are some new clients who i’ve not spoken to before. so far, the ones i’ve spoken to are all ok.
i found out that one of the clients i used to call has died, he died just before christmas. but i’ve had a few weeks off, so i never knew he died. he was a lovely man, very chatty and always enjoyed our call. its always so sad when one of the clients passes away. especially if I know them well which I did know him well.
So I finished up early today at work! I was delighted! I went in at 11, because my PA was finished all of my house work. She asked me if I wanted to get a cab with her, she payed for it. I said ok, it saved my supervisor a journey as she’d have had to pick me up.
I only worked for an hour and a half! I had about 25 people to call. I didn’t get a few of them but I got through to most of them.
After I got done one of the girls in the office dropped me to my moms, as my supervisor was gone to one of our clients funerals, the one who died over Christmas.
It was a good shift though. All of the clients were in very good spirits.
i had a great shift today on friendly call. i dorked for 3 hours. made a load of calls. there was one client who told me over and over how thankful she was for our call. she said its the only call she gets in the day, and how she doesnt see anyone else, how we’re the only contact she has with someone each day. so sad. but boy am i glad we are able to phone her. she’s such a special lady. so chatty and so so appreciative of our calls. i love my job so, so much. its incredible to be able to be doing something I love. I enjoy going in to the office. And not just because of the clients. I also enjoy meeting the rest of the volunteers. We have great banter in the office. Plus we also are able to talk about the clients and stuff which is nice. There is a coffee morning next week for the volunteers, but I have college on that morning so I wont be able to make it. I’m kinda bummed about that. I really wanted to go to starbux. Oh well maybe next time. My supervisor said she’d put another coffee morning on in march. I just got home about 20 minutes ago. I’m tired but I have to go out again in an hour, I am going to slimming world tonight. Until then though I am just relaxing and enjoying a few minutes of free time.
So you remember the launch event I attended last week? Where we launched our friendly call minibus and the fact that now we’ve got over 200 clients on our books?
Well, here are a few photos of the event! More to come but here is what I have for now!
The launch went very well. I thought I wasnt being picked up until 9:15 but then the guy who was picking me up arrived at 8:30 instead. Good thing I was ready to go!
I took Nitro with me. I wasnt going to take him but then I did. But to be honest I am kinda sorry I took him. He doesnt do that well with crowds. And the place was very crowded.
I didnt get to hear any of the speeches, because Nitro was panicking, so I had to take him outside. I took him out a few times during the presentations and brought him back in again but he was jumping on me and really panicking so we just went outside until it was over.
I did meet the minister, he was the minster for ageing and mental health. He was really nice. He spoke to me about volunteering, and that was nice.
After it was over we got photos taken, then I came back to the office. Now I am just waiting for Brenda to get back so she can give me my list of calls.
Overall the whole thing was really nice and it went very well so that was great.
This morning there is a special event on at work.
we are launching our minibus, which takes clients to their hospital apts and other types of apts they may have to go to.
We are also celebrating the fact that the friendly call service now has over 200 clients on its books.
The minister for ageing is coming, and the media will be there too. Also the funders of friendly call also got an invite.
We’ll have tea and coffee and cakes, and I think Brenda whose in charge of all of the volunteers is giving a presentation.
All of the volunteers got invites. Its going to be a very special morning.
After we’re done I’ll go straight into work, it means if I work earlier I get home earlier, which will be nice, as I am still not feeling too good.