Welcome to Module 4
Hear from Parkinson's UK volunteer Frank with an introduction to Module 4.
What you'll learn
Time is precious and we are hugely grateful that you are volunteering some of yours to support people living with Parkinson's. We also know that managing your volunteering with everything else in your life can be challenging, so this module includes tasks around managing your time and when doing less volunteering might be appropriate.
Do talk to your staff contact about which tasks to complete in this module.
At the end of this module, you can expect to be able to:
- understand some of the ways volunteers manage their time
- explain some of the reasons why it might be appropriate for someone to step back from their volunteer role
Task 1: Managing your time
Some volunteering activities are easy to organise, while others are more involved. But even simple volunteering tasks need a little planning.
You might have experience of planning and developed time management skills from other areas of your life, which will support you in your volunteering role. Or, perhaps you're looking to get more experience of these things.
Either way, it's important that you think about how much time you can give and what planning your volunteering role might need. Then you'll feel more comfortable with your volunteering commitments.
Take a look at the two situations in these slides and think about how you would plan your time. They're based on real situations using a combination of scenarios.
Task 2: Saying no
Sometimes you won't be able to volunteer, even if you have in the past. That might be because you:
- don't have the time
- are busy or not available
- don't have the energy
- need a change
- have health considerations
It doesn't matter why you can't volunteer at these times, and you don't need to explain if you don't want to. It's important that you don't feel bad in any way if you can't or no longer want to volunteer.
We want you to volunteer for Parkinson's UK for as long as you're able and want to, of course. But it's always OK to say no and be proud of how you've volunteered in the past.
Read the scenario in these slides to consider how you might approach saying no to taking on volunteering tasks.