Posted by: bronzzeAngel
Posted: 12th Apr 2010
I have a charity I support.. It is the Down society of SA. My son has downs and I need all the help I can get to help him.
I have to pay to go to his early intervention groups.
It isnt a heap to pay but on a restricted budget I do notice what I pay.
Thing is.. They are not staffed by a lot of volunteers, even though there are those who help out. And I need someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to instructing both myself and my son. IF that person is paid I believe that means we have someone fit for purpose. With a volunteer, if they have money coming in so they dont have to work elsewhere great, but if they if they live on the dole they cant just help out, they have to work and this means we become second to their life and the need to eat.
I have worked as a volunteer and I know that you dont always get someone who is trained properly, so you have to go into training, management and further ongoing support, them if they leave you need to do it all over again. I know in one place we had a new volunteer every month and I was having to train them and then once they were getting up to speed we would lose them due to work or family commitments.
I feel that at the other end of the money chain, if someone is being paid so care, training and support is there for those in need, then I am glad of it.
If everything was given to a charity eg, equipment, management, qualified staff and training etc, they wouldnt need to ask for money. But things need to be paid for. Including staff. Reply