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'DO you remember when volunteering was just about trying to help people?'
'Well I could help with 'A bit of filing and general help around the office' or you MIGHT like to benefit from my 25 years experience in software development and capital infrastructure investment experience.'
'We can offer Volunteers a range of experiences including exhaustion, emotional overload, lack of support and stark terror.'
'While they're still enthusiastic do you think we could get them to take on climate change and the war on drugs as well?'
"I miss that sense of fulfillment that I had when I was part of a plague."
Tags:fulfilment, fulfillment, job satisfaction, life satisfactions, community spirit, the community spirit, plague, plagues, plague of frogs, moses, the old testament, the bible, the torah, plagues of egypt, christianity, judaism, the 10 plagues, the ten plagues, the 2nd plague, the second plague, life choices, career choices
'We want communities to 'own' the big societies...we want you to feel it belongs to you...'
'We're trying new ways of getting the Big Society concept across.'
'Amazing...they seem to have established the community support mechanisms inherent in the 'Big Society; concept without a defined policy infrastructure to guide them.'
'They're extinct now but when I was young you'd find these everywhere...let's go to the next gallery they've got a 'bobby on the bear' and a 'postman' there.'
No matter your skills, there's something you can volunteer to do.
A bunch of people with balloons celebrate 'National Volunteer Week.'
'I want to give back to my community by helping others. Aren't lottery winners a particularly sad and needy group?'
Tags:neighbour, neighbours, neighbor, neighbors, social media, mobile, mobiles, cell, cells, cellphone, cellphones, smartphone, smartphones, addict, addicts, addiction, addictions, overuse, social skill, social skills, socialise, socialising, modern life, modern lifestyle, modern lifestyles, community spirit, community, communities
'I love money because it reminds me that I'm part of a larger community of capitalists.'
''Big Society'...paradigm shift blah! Blah! Community spirit, neighbourhood cohesion, blah! Blah! Social inputs, perceptual platforms blah! Blah!'
Then & Now
Big Society and libraries
'Onward to the 'Big Society'...I see a more caring, sharing, inclusive world, a world of 'community' of..'
'In the light of recent cutbacks we've had to slightly lengthen your job description.'
The Elephant in the Corner
'Er...any chance that when you've finished with the kids, the cooking and washing up you could help us develop a new waste management recovery system for the borough?'
'Apparently we're to use the budget that's been cut to encourage the volunteers we haven't got because they've been put on schemes to fill in for services that no longer exist.'
Big Society: 'Why have you called the new post 'unpaid community resource development and support worker?'
'Losing your job managing the community centre was obviously a blow...but luckily we have come up with a volunteering opportunity for you...running your local community centre.'
Big Society: 'Somebody should do something!'