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    i've heard all sorts of great things about vitalise and was interested in going. apparently there are no under-18 places left for the summer, so i booked a week beginning 1st September ~ 9th Sept. i'm missing 3 days of school but my teacher said it would be fine.

    i'm doing 2 weeks work experience, plus 1 week going on holiday - which leaves 3 weeks of the summer. now, my parents reckon i should cancel, not only because i'm missing 3 days of school, but also because they think i need time to think (i am naturally rather indecisive). in that time i need to take the ukcat, write my PS, prepare for the bmat, decide which unis to apply to, read up on stuff, decide which A2 subjects to take and prepare for interviews. i also need time to chill as well. They think that going away for a week would really disrupt this, make me stressed and make my summer too hectic.

    what do you think? I appreciate that it's my decision and it's a bit difficult to judge from that ramble, but for those who have gone to vitalise, do you think it is really worth completely opposing my parents and insist on going? i have a fair bit of other work experience (doctor stalking, hospice and disabled kids), which they think is enough and vitalise won't add anything to, whereas i think it will still be a really good experience, not only for application purposes but for my own personal development. i am also feeling insecure that i have a lot less than most other applicants and there's nothing about me that marks me out from the rest.

    sorry if that made zero sense.
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    skip it in my opinion, sounds like you've got plenty of other stuff to concentrate on.
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    i think you should do it.

    If you're indecisive, an extra week isn't going to make any difference. You'll work everything out anyway. 3 weeks 'thinking time' is loads as it is, you'll be bored as anything after that.

    I really think you should do vitallise (I havent done it myself but know people who have )
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    eh eh ella
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    Go to vitalise!! I went and it's brilliant fun. They let you get involved in everything, at the one I went to everyone was really friendly and I learned loads of things that I just couldn't learn at my other work experience placements. If you're worried about the timing, try for October half term or Christmas holidays and just write that you have arranged to go for that time on your PS and by the time you get interviews you'll have done it and therefore be able to talk about it with the interviewers
    If you've got any more questions, feel free to ask me
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    If your parents aren't gonna make too much fuss about it, definitely go! You'll probs be getting bored towards the end of the holidays anyway, and its actually really fun. You meet so many people and its great. I really think its worth it, even if you ignore the benefits of putting in on your ps. Foods not amazing tho, (especially for veggies) so bring biscuits or something. Which centre are you going to?
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    Serves you right for being a vegetarian :p:


    (Yes I am joking before someone takes me seriously... :rolleyes:)
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    I've been looking at doing vitalise at the end of this summer and was wondering if anyone knew how easy either the essex or nottingham place is to get to without a car- is it possible to get a train or bus to nearby? Also how long do they usually take to consider an application?
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    it takes at least 6 weeks from when you apply til when you can start.

    don't know about places, look up the address and look on the AA site or something.
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    I'm going too! For those who went to the one in Essex how was it???is it multicultural-both the guests and the volunteers?
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    (Original post by shenzys)
    I'm going too! For those who went to the one in Essex how was it???is it multicultural-both the guests and the volunteers?
    Fairly - when I was there esp the volunteers, there were a few Korean and Polish volunteers - fun conversations across 3 language barriers.

    To the OP: Obv it's up to you but for me personally, Vitalise is one of the best things I've ever done, "as a person" rather than just for my application. I'd be happy to answer any questions you've got.
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    (Original post by Philosoraptor)
    Serves you right for being a vegetarian :p:
    :mad: :p:

    (Original post by devilschild)
    I've been looking at doing vitalise at the end of this summer and was wondering if anyone knew how easy either the essex or nottingham place is to get to without a car- is it possible to get a train or bus to nearby? Also how long do they usually take to consider an application?
    I don't know about Nottingham or Essex, I went to Southampton, but they picked us up from the coach station, so I'm guessing they do that at other places. They'll send you loads of stuff about getting there nearer the time.
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    Is there one near bradford/leeds?
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    What's this Vitalise thingy?
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    (Original post by http://www.vitalise.org.uk)
    Working routines are based on our guests needs and can vary from week to week. Youth weeks can be more demanding than others for instance or you might choose to come on a particular Theme Week.

    * Short-term residential volunteers (between one and four weeks) can expect to be on duty for around 14 hours a day, although don't worry, you will get some time off too!
    * Longer-term volunteers (after an initial two week orientation period) will have two days off each week and will work reduced hours.

    Vitalise provides essential breaks for disabled people and carers and the whole ethos of our Vitalise Centres is to give our guests as much opportunity to have a good time as possible.

    You play a vital role providing support and independence to our guests. As a residential volunteer there will be plenty of socialising as you’ll be providing companionship and practical help on outings and activities. We hope the more relaxing social activities are enjoyable for our volunteers as well as our guests, but there’s still no getting away from the long hours!

    You will also help to provide some basic personal assistance to our guests on an individual basis. Unless you have previous experience and training in this area and are happy to help then you will NOT be expected to help with intimate personal care.
    So you're a carer for a week or two...
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    Sounds vaguely like slave labour to me.

    When I do one, my 14 hour work day is largely punctuated by **** and farting around.
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    (Original post by devilschild)
    I've been looking at doing vitalise at the end of this summer and was wondering if anyone knew how easy either the essex or nottingham place is to get to without a car- is it possible to get a train or bus to nearby? Also how long do they usually take to consider an application?
    To get to Jubilee Lodge (in Essex) I got a train then the tube, and they picked me up from the station.

    Re the 14 hr day: it's pretty knackering but you do spend a lot of it sitting round making/drinking tea and coffee with the guests, and you do have breaks in that time (can't remember the shift times, but you either have a break afternoon/early evening and then go til midnight, or you don't have a break but finish earlier, like 8pm.)
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    (Original post by sohail_delboy)
    Is there one near bradford/leeds?
    The nearest one to you will be the one that's in Nottingham.
 
 
 
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