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'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?'
Big Society in hospitals
The Voluntary Sector takes a beating
'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.'
'We want communities to 'own' the big societies...we want you to feel it belongs to you...'
'Amazing...they seem to have established the community support mechanisms inherent in the 'Big Society; concept without a defined policy infrastructure to guide them.'
'We're trying new ways of getting the Big Society concept across.'
'I found them on the side of the road, they said they would love to help out our charity drive.'
'Donny and I are taking a year off to volunteer for the Pizza Corps.'
'We're very keen on encouraging inmates to volunteer...for example I can't even REMEMBER the last time I washed my own car!'
'I want to give back to my community by helping others. Aren't lottery winners a particularly sad and needy group?'
'I'm sorry, this is the line for people who volunteered to help their community. You're looking for the eternal damnation department.'
'I volunteered since the job market is so bad right now.'
'It feels good to make a difference.'
"That's how the congregation looks when I ask for volunteers."
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'The Big Society is ALL about people like you volunteering to share the Council's workload...we thought you could start with children's services...'
'Senior management wanted me to raise morale so I made Lionel from accounts 'office jester'!'
'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?'
'Loosing your job managing the community centre was obviously a blow...but luckily we have come up with a volunteering opportunity for you...'
Big Society Bank Sticking Plasters.
'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.'