I wanted to share a brief update and keep a written record for myself (as I am terrible at saying I am going to do something and then never doing it!) regarding changes in my voluntary commitments and how I am going to manage my time when I start the final year of my degree on the 5th October.
The project which I volunteer for as a mentor to male offenders upon release from HMP Durham have been asked to get involved in creating and delivering a short course to 16 – 17 year old NEETs who are in contact with a local YOT. I have been given the opportunity to get involved in this which I am very much looking forward to, although slightly nervous! I am a firm believer that you CAN do everything that you want to do, you just have to be extremely frugal when it comes to time management, and so I have been having a slightly re-think about how to fit in work, university, volunteering and the rest of my ‘normal’ life which also includes a lively Labrador and a hungry horse.
Rather than attending the group sessions with the organisation I volunteer for regarding substance misuse every week, from October I am going to attend on a fortnightly basis. Alongside this I am going to team up with another mentor regarding the ex-offender scheme meaning that I have a little extra help when it comes to sourcing info, arranging appointments etc. and that should leave me with a little more flexibility when new opportunities arise.
I am very passionate about all the voluntary work I do however for the final year of my degree I want to give it everything I have got and so I want to make sure I am dedicating the majority of my time to this as after 3 years I do not want to let things slip in my fourth and final year whilst still maintaining my voluntary roles (and paid work of course!)
I would be really keen to hear other people’s experience of volunteer roles (or of time managing!) Sophie