So during the week I got an email from the volunteering bureau who received my application for an ‘activities support worker’; a position where I’d basically be overseeing/supporting someone through their physiotherapy/occupational therapy sessions. In the email I was told that I would probably be unsuccessful because I would only be able to offer 3 and a half month worth of my time.
And how do I feel about that?
Well, really mad actually.
Because first of all, this is not the first time I’ve applied for something on that website only to be told after I’ve spent time and effort filling in an application form that actually, the people who put the advert up haven’t bothered to put all their essential requirements in their advert. That pisses me off because their lack of effort, care and attention to what they’re doing wastes my time unnecessarily- it’s as if they think ‘well, it’s only a volunteer position’.
The other thing that pisses me off is that the reason that they aren’t willing to take someone on that can only work 3 and a half months is because they “have” to pay for CRB checks and follow up on references. Well I’m sorry to sound unsympathetic to this, but beggars can’t be choosers! It outrages me that they’re not prepared to make even the slightest contribution- they want to have their cake and eat it!! They want to have someone of a high calibre to work for them for absolutely nothing, demand that this commitment be for 6 months to a year and then not even be prepared to pay out £50 for admin costs!!!
In actual fact they are not required by law to have volunteers CRB checked anyway because they are never working on their own with an individual, but clearly they’re not willing to take that risk. Which is fair enough, but then they have to ask themselves whether it’s worth £50 and whether it’s realistic to demand that someone commit to at least 6 months of work.
I know I’ve probably made myself sound like the most unwilling, conditional-helper out there, but all the red-tape really annoys me. I did get in touch with the volunteering agency and nicely asked them why organisations didn’t state their full requirements in their adverts and people could only be told AFTER they’d made an application. I was told that they “can’t upload it to the website” so I think really they meant ‘won’t’, not ‘can’t’, so I’m still none the wiser as to WHY.
Finally, as the last part of my rant, I would just like to say that I am mad at the volunteering agency because I was told I would need to contact all the organisations myself. So what was the point of me having to fill in the application form for each of them online then? Jesus. Volunteers have time to GIVE, not time to WASTE.
Grrgrgrgrgrgrgrgrgrgrrrrrrrr!!!! 13 months ago