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    Default Do you do much community work

    Volunteer? School canteen / P&F ? Community groups ? Sporting groups?


    We had our AGM for a community group I am involved in last night - and I was so disappointed that not that many turned up after we had arranged dates so carefully so that most could make it.

    It is hard though for parents to try and juggle everything. Sometimes just work and family is as much (or more) than can be managed.

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    Well not quite the same, I'm not a qualified Auslan translator, but I have been asked by my youth group to translate for other people at their office.

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    I have never been able to attend the P & C meetings at school, they are always held at night and DH works shifts 24/7 on a rotating roster so has never been home on that night. Nights are very hard for most parents I'd imagine.

    I volunteer regularly during school hours though in the classrooms.

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    We do, I'm on our p and c for my school which does take up a lot of time as we always seem to be planning something! plus through work we sponsor the local AFL, bowling clubs, cricket and soccer teams so usually turn up to give out awards and presentations and always have a stall at the local school fetes and local fairs and usually donate things to the school raffles and trivia nights and I do charity auctions when needed , DH reckons I spend more time working for other people than I do in the office!

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    Default Do you do much community work

    Yes, I have done non-paid community work for nearly 10 years now.

    School wise, I'm not in the P&C, however I assist with literacy and bake for the school tuck-shop.

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    I spend a morning a week in the canteen as well as helping out selling food at discos. Last year I spent two mornings a week doing reading groups as well. This year I am waiting to hear when I will be helping out in DS1's class.

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    Not as much now as I used to. Before DS2 I volunteered at the local community legal centre (I'm a lawyer). Now I do 1 morning a week at the school canteen, I afternoon a week at the P&F shop and always put my hand up for whatever fundraising the school is doing and for working bees. But in the interests of honesty our school has a community hours component - you either do the work or pay extra fees.

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    Interesting - I know a few schools like that.

    actually that brings up another question - but perhaps I need a new thread for that

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    I was the secretary on the P&C for the last 3 years but decided not to be on the executive this year. I still go to the meetings but got too much stuff on to have an executive position and it is my youngest child's last year at home before starting school so I want to spend more time with her.

    I'm also manager of my son's football team.

    I get frustrated when it's the same people doing all the work but this week I was on the other side and it annoyed me. Apart from football, my son also does bmx and they were asking for volunteers and shared this really narky letter from essential baby and made a really narky post on Facebook about volunteers for this weekend and it really got my back up because I do volunteer for heaps of thing and we just don't have time to do more.

    http://www.essentialkids.com.au/educ...0170227-gum4aq

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    I volunteer for a few hours one day a week with a local community and crisis centre. I also volunteer within for the health department as a family support worker with parents and carers of children with either complex mental health issues or chronic medical conditions (or any other reason the child is deemed at risk really).

    I don't help out much at the school as I can't cope with the *****y and clicky Mum's.

    I will help out at the fete this year but other than that nope.

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