A volunteer’s eye view of … induction #tuneintuesdays

It’s my first day, I’m so excited but nervous too

I’ve got to be there for 8:00 am and I’ve spoken to Martin, he seems really nice. He told me that I need to be there early before it gets busy and I understand.

Ok so I’m still in shock after that!  Here’s a quick synopsis of what happened and it was most definitely what I expected – he seemed so friendly and helpful on the phone!


Right that’s the tour over with.  I have told you a bit about the organisation and you have told me a bit about yourself, this is the job that we have in mind for you, but we’ll have to be quick as I have a meeting in 5 minutes. Here’s a folder with all 25 of our policies and procedures. Can you just sign here to say you’ve read them?   You don’t mind chatting in the corridor do you?


Is this the only place we can discuss this?  It’s not very private is it?


I didn’t think it would be confidential, you’ll have to fit in around me and I’m having to do this as well as my usual work.


Ok, but what happens is you’re too busy and I need to discuss something? Who do I talk to?


Anyone who’s here.


That seems fair enough, what exactly will I be doing then?


We want you to come in 3 times a week, from 9 until 2, which crosses a lunch period.  After your befriending session, you will be making sure that the people get to the hall for lunch, and covering staff absences.


I thought that the commitment was only half a day a week and no-one mentioned helping out at lunchtimes.


I thought you wanted to help us!  Volunteers here need to do a bit of everything and we need you to be flexible, we have staff off sick and on holiday at the moment, so you would have to muck in.


I don’t mind helping out, but I can’t do 3 sessions a week, I have other commitments.


What are you being so awkward for?  Anyway you’ve signed a form to say you’ll do whatever we ask you to, you can’t wriggle out of it now!


What! I think you are being a bit unreasonable and this sounds like a contract to me.  I’m sorry this isn’t going to work for me.


Well if you are going to be stroppy you aren’t going to fit in here and there are plenty of people who are happy to help out. We don’t want difficult people like you volunteering for us, we have standards to maintain!

I’m sure it’s me, but am I being unreasonable expecting something better?

Please don’t forget if you need any help or support I’m happy to help and that’s what I’m here for 🙂 Just contact me on eileen@dudleycvs.org.uk

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