Friday, 9 March 2012

It's My Last Day Today

*blows big teary snot bubbles into a man size pack of tissues*

Yes, this is it.

I'm due to have a baby in a few weeks so I have to say (a hopefully temporary) goodbye to the Save The Children shop that I've volunteered in for the past year or so.

Today is my last official day and I'm going to miss it SO much.

I know I bang on about my volunteering work a lot. It's not that I am trying to big myself up. There are so many people who do vast amounts of charity work - they are amazing.  All I do is spend a few hours each week helping out in the shop.

No, it's because I get so much from it and want to spread the word on how doing something like this can make you feel soooo good.

Yes, I volunteer for ME.

There, I said it.

Yes, I decided to volunteer to help a charity but it's become more than that. I volunteer to meet new people, to gain new skills, to enjoy myself, to get something more out of life - something different.

Becoming a volunteer has given me a new lease of life.

All I have to say is that if you have any time whatsoever, please please PLEASE consider helping your local charity shop. Have a look at what Save The Children have to say about volunteering - there are a variety of roles that you can get involved with.

If you'd like to read my journey over the past year as a volunteer then please check out the Save The Children link at the top of my blog.

In the meantime, whilst I'm not working at the shop I will continue to blog about Save The Children as my chosen 'blog' charity. At the end of December I blogged that I was part of the #66cities campaign for the charter to end hunger. Just to let you know that my letters were heard by the MP's and sent to David Cameron and I received replies in January. Just doing something simple like this helps the efforts of Save The Children. I was invited by Save The Children to deliver the petition to No.10 but I was away on holiday unfortunately.

Don't leave it too late. Get involved. Every action, however small, helps.


MsXpat said...

I've done volunteer work from time to time and its very fulfilling. As you say you do learn more skills along the way. Its wonderful you has great experience.  Looking all the best in the coming weeks. Looking forward to reading about your new little baby.

Often called Cathy said...

As you said, hopefully it's just a temporary farewell - maternity leave, you know?  I've never volunteered in a charity shop, but I'd say all my followers are bored silly by the number of times I mention the Rainbow Junior Arch Club.  Ooop there I go again!

Missing Sleep said...

Enjoy your time off and good on you for volunteering :) x

grumpinator said...

I remember when you first started volunteering for Save the Children - geez that doesn't seem that long ago, can't believe it's been a year! Hopefully you will be able to start it up again when baby no 2 comes along. 

Mummy Beadzoid said...

Awww, I've enjoyed reading your Save the Children posts over the course of the year and I'm sure you've inspired others to get involved too.  Good job, lady :) xXx


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