My week: Alison Bielecka, leader of Volunteer Development Scotland's local partnership team

The leader of Volunteer Development Scotland's local partnership team battles the beeps.

Bielecka: 'jumping from task to task'
Bielecka: 'jumping from task to task'

Monday: I spend the morning in a management meeting, catching up on operational planning activities with the research and development programme leader and the head of client services. I've been in the office since 7.30am, so it feels like the middle of the afternoon by the time the meeting finishes at 11.30. I come out of the meeting, have lunch to allow my brain to unscramble and then get back to my desk to get on with some work. All sorts of reminders immediately start pinging up on my screen.

Tuesday: A Skills for Scotland auditor has come to check up on our work to provide individual learning accounts and flexible training for people across Scotland. I breathe a sigh of relief once she has left and put my paperwork away. I then catch up with our youth team: we have links with the Scottish Government's Millennium Volunteers Awards for young volunteers aged between 16 and 25. It's an exciting development; the programme allows school pupils who volunteer to track the hours they've done and what they've learned online.

Wednesday: I spend the day preparing the papers for our partnership management group, a group of staff and elected volunteer centre managers who guide our work with a network of 32 volunteer centres across Scotland. As usual, because of policy developments in Scottish government, the agenda grows arms and legs as we try to cover all the work going on in different directorates. We are working through how we are going to report on the delivery of the outcomes we identified in our three-year business plan for the Scottish Government.

Thursday: I find myself jumping from task to task while the emails flood in, each with a loud beep that I haven't worked out how to switch off. I end up logging out of my email to allow me to focus on one thing at a time.

I spend the afternoon chairing the action group we have set up to deliver our work with volunteer centres. We have only recently started using a new approach to programmes, with staff from different teams coming together to deliver projects rather than stand-alone teams. This has increased the flow of information across the organisation. I have spent the last month developing the project plans and timesheets, and the team sit in what I hope is awestruck silence as I madly wave project plans about and explain them.

Volunteer Development Scotland helps organisations increase the impact of and opportunities for volunteering.

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