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Moving forward into a new era for me   Leave a comment

Background                                                                                                                                    

At the end of March 2016 I de-registered as a registered childminder after a total of 26 years hand on childminding over two separate registrations. (In between the two registrations I was still involved with childminding through working for a local authority childminding team). This means that in total I have had over 30 years years experience within the childminding sector.

I also have experience across the early years sector as a tutor, an assessor and a volunteer over many years.

In April 2016 I held a celebration event to mark my retirement from childminding, and also to mark my involvement with many early years organisations as a volunteer and campaigner.

In June 2016 I was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for my volunteering, which was a real honour and recognition for all the volunteering that I do.

As a result of all of the above, during June and July 2016, with some doors closing, I began to consider ‘What Next’ and how I could continue to volunteer AND to advocate for children AND to share my experience and knowledge built up over many years, with others.

All without any funding from anyone other than myself, and any income that I can generate from providing workshops and writing articles. This I think will be the biggest challenge as my family budget is now much reduced and very stretched.

After considering all these aspects, I am now ready (at the end of July 2016) to announce what my next steps are, and how I hope to meet my aims and objectives.

Volunteering 

I have volunteered since I was a teenager, and have no plans to stop now. However, how I volunteer will be slightly different from now on and hopefully will benefit more individuals and organisations.

This is what I can offer as a volunteer;

Working with membership organisations, charities  and not for profit organisations                                                                                                                                

I am happy to speak at events, or provide workshops / keynote speeches; or attend meetings; or be involved in  ‘working parties’ on anything that fits in with my ethos and views about early childhood and related subjects, for both big and small national and local organisations.

I will give my time freely to membership organisations and charities, but I do ask that my travel expenses (and if needed overnight accommodation) are paid for. I am happy to organise and pay for this up front but would need my expenses to be reimbursed very quickly as I do not have any other funding to support my volunteering OR if you would prefer, I am also happy for travel / overnight accommodation to be booked and paid for in advance by whoever would like me to support them as a volunteer. If needed overnight accommodation can be a modest, basic  bed and breakfast or even a space room in someones house if they are willing to do this.

I am happy to attend things at weekends, in the evenings and during the working week, although I will have to ensure that fits in with my other commitments as a foster carer, mother and grandmother

For individuals                                                                                                                             

I am very happy to support individuals via email, or pre arranged phone calls. The support I can offer is my personal based opinion and advice, either about situations or documents: and by providing a listening ear as sometimes just being able to talk to someone really helps.

If you are interested in accessing my support as a volunteer, please email me in the first instance at Pennys.place@hotmail.co.uk

Further information will be available on a page set up for this and accessible from the home page of this blog By CLICKING HERE

Posted July 27, 2016 by psw260259 in Services I provide