This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of “volunteering” and will be hosted by Orla Hughes (@Orlatheot).
At the RCOT 2018 conference in June, I will be presenting a personal reflection on how I used my occupational therapy skills when volunteering last year. The aim of the presentation is to encourage others (especially students) to develop their professional skills by taking up volunteering roles at home or abroad. I hope this Twitter chat can help us recognise and reflect on the value we bring to our volunteer roles.
Here are the questions we will be discussing:
- Hello! Please introduce yourself and answer Q.1 which is ‘Have you ever volunteered, or do you currently volunteer with an organisation? Tell us about it.’
- What barriers stop you from volunteering?
- What do you enjoy about volunteering? Does it benefit you?
- What occupational therapy skills have you used in a volunteer role? Tell us about how you used them. What do occupational therapists bring that others do not?
- Do you think it is useful to volunteer abroad or is it better to volunteer locally where you are ‘culturally relevant’?
- Do you record your volunteer experience as CPD evidence? If so, how?
- Can you identity new roles for occupational therapy in the organisations that you have or still volunteered with?
- Finally, sharing is caring! Please share any opportunities where organisations are looking for volunteers. Do you know any organisations that provide funding for volunteer projects? Or even any literature on the topic of volunteering?