My Week

Janet Compton, head of volunteering, PDSA

Janet Compton
Janet Compton

Monday: Bank holiday - hurrah! I chill out in the garden and do a spot of pre-holiday planning. My husband and I are off to Italy in three weeks, and now the good weather has finally arrived it seems appropriate to start sorting out the shorts and swimwear.

I spend the evening finalising the sponsorship money from my husband's run in this year's London Marathon. He ran for PDSA, of course.

Tuesday: Next week is our volunteers' week, and our National Volunteering Centre is knee-deep in thank-you cards, certificates and bunting to be sent out. I field calls from shop managers, office managers and head nurses as they confirm plans for their events and certificate presentations. Looks like we're on track to break last year's record of 200 events.

In the afternoon I spend some time coaching a shop manager who is having difficulty managing a particular volunteer. Supporting staff in volunteer management is a big part of my team's work. Having agreed an action plan with the manager, it's time to go home.

Wednesday: I get up at silly o'clock to drive to our head office in Telford for back-to-back meetings all day. In the morning, I meet our retail and PR teams to finalise plans for our new Lend a Paw promotion in August. We will be offering taster or 'speed volunteering' sessions to let the public try out volunteering in our shops. Later, I help to plan a volunteer management workshop that will be delivered by our team of area trainers next month. I check in to a local hotel and push myself to go out for a 30-minute run. I'd rather collapse into the bath, but with a five-mile race coming up soon, I need to keep up the pace.

Thursday: After a quarterly HR management meeting, I drive back to the office to meet a group of media production students from Winchester University.

They are producing a DVD that we will use internally to encourage staff in our PetAid hospitals to work with volunteers.

I head off for a pre-volunteers' week party - an early evening barbeque for staff and volunteers from our National Volunteering Centre. Pimm's and sausages - it doesn't get better than that.

Friday: I catch up with a mountain of emails, begin a report on some of the environmental factors that will affect volunteering over the next few years and confirm some final arrangements for volunteers' week.

To show our support for the fantastic work our 4,800 volunteers do, PDSA senior managers spend time alongside volunteers during volunteers' week. I'm helping out at our Aldershot shop on Tuesday and then spending Thursday with our volunteer gardening team, who look after our animal cemetery in Ilford.

PDSA provides free veterinary treatment for sick and injured pets.

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