Has anybody found the search for decent volunteering roles frustrating and sometimes very annoying.
I have been on the look out for a long time for a decent volunteer role. Some organisations advertise week after week for the same role, you apply and then never get back to you.
Some organisations just want free labour. I was sent some over the weekend from a "charitable" organisation. They wanted a number of roles filled and amongst them was a receptionist, note taker and gardener. When I had a look at the roles the Receptionist and Note taker were basically PA's to be on the beck and call for what they called "staff" and wanted people to commit for 4 hours per day for several days a week. My view is if they can afford to pay staff, the staff can take their own notes and properly employ a person to be a receptionist - there is plenty of funding available for a supported role for someone whom wants to return to full or part time work.
The gardener role really rankled me. They wanted someone to volunteer to do gardening for people whom receive direct payments only! One wonders if the organisation is pocketing the money for the work under direct payments and getting volunteers to work for free?
I get a weekly email of over 1,100 volunteering opportunities near me all of which are much the same as the ones above or organisations looking for canvassers and fundraisers, nothing of anything truly worthwhile.
Am I being unlucky or have others found the same ?