Compulsory volunteering is an oxymoron. If it isn't something you want to do or enjoy then it won't improve your mental health. The people who run the voluntary service wouldn't want people who were unhappy there anyway.
I think people should be able to do as many hours as possible without hassle from the DWP. Voluntary work is not the same as paid work in that you go because you want to, and if you don't, then it isn't voluntary work, it's doing something you hate for nothing in return, and that is bound to make anyone miserable.
as anyone knows whose been in hospital the difference between voluntary or involuntary can get blurred, eg the guy on probation whose encouraged to volunteer and does so to please the probation officer who has the power to return him to prison
i might consider volunteering paid part time work if i had some guarantee from a social worker they'd support me if things got difficult, my friends neighbour who comes under a rampton aftercare section can do that, they're legally required to suppport him
I was in hospital back in 2004, only for a couple of months, having made good steady progress thank goodness.
Volunteering was suggested very quick, later on that year of 2004, and I took the idea up right away, in fact, we were - the social worker at my day centre branch, and my mother, and myself, talking about adhering to attending in at the day centre, and then volunteering came up, the idea of, and I never looked back since, apart from the fact, if I happen through physical health not be well, and separatley I'll become irritible, however, volunteering can be and certainly is very theraputic for wellbeing of mental health recovery - and i tmight be worth of a reminder - a quick recap, that for years and years, I happen to be considered a well character, rather than severely ill, this according to registrars who I was under as a outpatient, and discharged from them back in 2008.
And once again, I do enjoy and find volunteering very much rewarding, helps organisations chairties to have their targets or goals met, over a week, month, or even months.
Plus, I get out and about volunteering, and another challenge I have, is my communicaiton difficulities, I always like to meet people for that how to phrase it, volunteering social interaction. Certainly I couldn't possible talk chat, whilst getting the work done, that's not me, and it's not on, the work is to be done.
Sorry for diagressing. This topic has suddenly grabbed my attention.
I forgot to add, I happen to be very much an independant happy character when it comes to volunteering, I don't need carers, or extra volunteering support - I'm fine. Except I am unwell through mental health and on med to control that.
It can but not in all cases, some people actively choose voluntary work and doing something without fear of being harassed by someone makes it much more enjoyable.
I prefer it to paid work as I tend to want to be doing it rather than just to survive. Also if you have a bad day you can get it off. No such pleasure for someone in paid work.
However if it is done out of coercion it could be awful and as bad if not worse than a paid job. Being on benefits and in a paid job can be more trouble than it's worth as you lose benefits if you work too much.
i remember when i was going to addaction, there were people there sent by the courts who'd take it out on people
remember when i was in mapperley 40yrs ago most people were voluntary then there was malcome and keith given the choice between mapperley and prison, nasty people
now the same people who'de have been in mapperley are out in the community at addaction
Years ago i went to the employment training it was ruined by david an epilectic ex con, my then analyst said a lot of ex cons and heroin addicts are forced onto those schemes by they're probation officer and a no are violent
i said you can say the same about schitzoprenics, he said the schitzoprenics i've known are more concerned about hurting me than i am about them hurting me