(Original post by swords n thorns)
i volunteered for a care home a month or so ago and i've already started,
i know crb's are supposed to take around 8 weeks, but i got mine back in 2 weeks, and it took around 3 weeks for my references to get back.
i just e-mailed a few different care homes (out of the 20 or so i e-mailed, only 1 replied with the answer i wanted
) so it might take a little while, just send basically the same e-mail to a load of different care homes (changing a few words such as the name, of course) and wait until one gets back to you. I found e-mail much more effective than phone calling.
Try and start now and keep it up throughout the year if you can - long term work experience is good.
i quite enjoy it actually, some of the residents have been teaching me how to play card games and it's nice to sit and talk to some of them for half an hour or so just to try and brighten up their day a bit. Currently i'm only doing 3 hours per week and they're fine with that, so it's not like it's time consuming or anything!
I'm also currently a volunteer at st. John ambulance. However, i've only been there for 3 weeks and am currently considering quitting, as there are a lot of children between 10-15 resulting in quite an immature environment, so unless you're over 18, i wouldn't really recommend it there.
Finally, i volunteered in a charity shop for 8 months whilst i was 15 (as i was too young to do much else). I only did this for about 2 hours per week but it gave me something to do on a saturday morning instead of just lying in bed, and it helped me to learn time-management and organisational skills as i had to get the bus there every morning. I also quite enjoyed sorting through some of the items, and the manager gave me a box of chocolates for christmas and they all signed a birthday card for my 16th haha.
it was quite fun, but it got somewhat repetitive after a while, so when i turned 16 i left so i could try out other things.
don't worry about getting too much work experience just yet - there's plenty of time!
What i would recommend though, is trying to do a bit of volunteering. You don't have to do loads, but it's a real eye-opener and you can learn a lot.
Hope this helped! If you need anything else, just pm me! :d