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Helping out at meeting?
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stargirl21 · 07/09/2016 16:57

Does anyone help out at their slimming world group?

The woman who runs the group I go to is very disorganised and runs around like a headless chicken. She often asks people to help out, signing people in and doing the weigh ins, and she's asked for help setting up and packing away.

I think as she's being paid (by us) this is her job, if someone helps out maybe they should be given a free week? What do you think?

I feel uncomfortable each week not helping out but I think it's her job.

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tabulahrasa · 07/09/2016 17:09

The problem is that slimming world (head office, not the consultant) basically plan it around group members doing certain things, it's not actually physically possible to run the group without helpers.

Some consultants give out hifi bars, some magazines...some just buy Christmas presents and occasional stuff like that, but if you don't want to do it, don't.

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Geepee71 · 07/09/2016 18:16

I occasionally help out with the weighing if the regulars aren't there. Don't get anything for it, it means the queue goes down quickly and consultant can start image therapy on time. Our consultant is really grateful which goes a long way.

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mrsreddington · 07/09/2016 18:32

I help out at my group. My consultant is lovely, very appreciative of any help and gets us small gifts at Christmas. I like doing it and it means I have to go each week. She wouldn't be able yo fb the groups without helpers

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emwithme · 07/09/2016 19:13

Yeah, the way it's (always - this is my 4th 5th? I can't count time at the SW rodeo) been is that there are "helpers" - known as the social team who do the taking of money, weighing, running the shop, making sure new people are greeted who do those tasks so the consultant can do the new member talk in the 30 minutes that everyone else is weighing.

I'm on the social team - I can do anything (one lady only does weigh, two ladies only do pay) but I mostly do shop. Our consultant gives the social team the magazine for free for helping, and of course, we don't have to queue for 20 minutes every time!

She runs two groups (two sessions per group) on a Wednesday and a Thursday at the same location and one of her Wednesday first session members helps her set up and one of her Thursday second session members helps her tidy away. When we were at different locations, and only one session on a Thursday morning, she would ask that we all stack our chairs at the end of the session because it meant she didn't have to do all 60 on her own.

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ChessieFL · 09/09/2016 21:16

Star - how do you think she is meant to take the money, weigh everyone, run the shop, and do a new member talk all at the same time? It's impossible! And they don't earn enough to pay people to do all those jobs. You may find that you do get rewarded if you help - we get the magazine free. The main reason I stay on the social team though is because it makes sure I keep going even on the weeks I really don't want to face the scales! As others have said though, if you don't want to do it, don't.

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loopylulu80 · 11/09/2016 20:35

I've helped out on the shop a couple of times and enjoyed it.

However I use to help every week when I did WW a few years ago and you got your weigh in free, which made it worthwhile going.

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Meow75 · 12/09/2016 21:35

Just been asked to join the social team. DH has taken on doing the shop, and helping to set up, but he gets home from work sooner than me, and I don't want to wait till after the meeting to eat, so I get home about 6ish, by which time DH has walked over the road to the Village Hall, throw some food down me, and saunter over the VH for about 6.45.

Last week, they were so low on people, so I did the registering in with the computer-ma-bob. My first time, but so stunningly easy, so no worries.

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Sirzy · 12/09/2016 21:38

I do the till, we get a free magazine and Christmas presents.

For me though it keeps me going. I am a target member now but because I have committed to help out it means I have to go every week which helps keep me on track. And I enjoy it!

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