I manage young volunteers at my work and they make an amazing contribution to the work we do and develop skills that will help them find employment. Now my voluntary sector organisation doesn't have the funds available to support them by paying for their travel expenses and training costs. All the will in the world to encourage volunteers means nothing when there is no money to make it happen. Volunteers are not just free labour!
I have just been offered voluntary redundancy on after 26 years as a part time youth worker. I hope the loss of my job will save other people's.
As you are aware I work for a voluntary organisation. We are just going through the consultation process. I am the Finance Manager and have worked some 10 years for Pre-school Learning Alliance. My job is not on the new structure and I fear that I am about to be made redundant. We run a project called Leeds Inclusion Support which supports the special needs children and their families in Leeds and because of funding cuts our organisation is cutting the hours of the front line development workers. These are staff that visit parents and assess children's needs and coordinate between the professionals for what support the child needs. Its so sad.
At this time as services are being cut. I can see that my service users are not getting the service they should, and this should not be the way our country should treat people. This is going to impact on people and companies around the country. Please stop and think before we all end up without a job next.
My job is insecure. Every 3 months the Board decide whether they can keep us on. We are no longer able to provide free advice services to other charities - instead we have to charge them. Hardly anybody uses our services. They don't go elsewhere. They go without.