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Going back to work - did you give up volunteering?

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rara67 Tue 09-Feb-16 09:51:56

Returning to paid employment after 13 years. My voluntary jobs have helped me get back to work but not sure if I will be over committing if I continue. One of the charities is closing so I have to deal with the paperwork. The other one is just starting and will involve a lot of time on the specific task I have volunteered for. The third is only quarterly meetings but may be on a working day so just couldn't do it. Also, although I have not gone into school regularly I have always been able to help with trips so would still like to do this. I feel that after 10 years volunteering it is now time to focus exclusively on my job and my family. I suppose that has answered my question!

thesandwich Tue 09-Feb-16 09:54:27

Some employers encourage volunteering- maybe for the meetings? Worth checking for your professional development😊. Question is - do you want to? Give yourself margin too.

afromom Tue 09-Feb-16 10:24:18

I wouldn't underestimate how tired you could be going back to work full time.
I was a school governor and working part time until 2 years ago. It worked well. Then I went from part to full time hours and managed to keep the governor thing going for about 6 months until I decided it was best to step away.
I was exhausted trying to keep up with it all, ds hardly saw me and I really wasn't doing a good job of any of it.
I think working and doing 4 different voluntary roles sounds like a lot.
As previously suggested some employers encourage some volunteering, so maybe one or at a push two roles could be supported. All four seems like a lot though.
I say all this as a regional manager for volunteering for a large charity, so I am very pro volunteering, but only if you are able to commit to what is needed and don't sacrifice too much of yourself in the process!

rara67 Thu 11-Feb-16 13:09:22

Thanks for your replies. I think I am going to focus on one or two things that directly impact on my family. One of the roles is just too challenging in terms of attending morning/evening meetings and the only paid employee of the organisation only works a few hours a day so I wouldn't be able to contact them for any support as I will be working 4 mornings. I need to look at this as a whole change for everything I do. 10 years a volunteer, so time for someone else, although from recent experience I know that people are no longer keen or able to step up. DH is also a volunteer and I do want to support his voluntary work, by at least being at home when he finally gets back from one of his many meetings!

thesandwich Thu 11-Feb-16 13:27:31

You are right- priorities shift and you have given a lot. An important idea is margin- with the changes you are making make space and don't over commit. And don't underestimate the time teens need. Good luck!

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