There was something else I wanted to post about today but something happened yesterday that I had to post about. The other post can wait until Thursday. I was volunteering, as I always do on a Sunday, when the subject of staff records came up. I'd been meaning to ask Paul about my staff records for ages because I was curious about how long I'd been working there. It turns out they recently stuck a list of all the volunteers on the wall along with how long they had been working there.
I knew I started working there in September but I was never sure of the exact date or the year that I started. I wasn't sure if it was '09 or '10. Taking a look on the wall showed me that I had been working there since 2009 and my start date was a little later than I thought. I was under the impression that it was in the first week of September but it's actually today. Today marks the seventh year that I have been working with Barnardo's.
I'm still a mess of course, but I'm a slightly smaller mess. I don't regret the time I've spent there and I consider it a shame that I don't to spend more time there. Unfortunately my schedule just doesn't allow it really. I can barely find a few hours for myself these days, never mind a few hours for someone else.
I would say though, that if you get the chance, you should consider volunteering. I've seen too many people come and go in my time there. The current generation is a selfish one. They preach about charity but they are not really willing to participate themselves. If you get the chance then please do donate something to your local charity shop; whether it be your clothes, your shoes, your unwanted books and games, or just your time.