People often run a mile when the word “committee” is mentioned. Committees have had a bad press – mainly because they’ve been run (no, headed) by people who don’t have a clue.

Most committees, like ours, are well run, and the benefits you get from being on a committee are one of the best-kept secrets!

But organisations, including BrisLETS, do not run themselves. Someone else is not always going to step up.

If it is to be, it is up to … thee?

Why are you here, anyway?

You’re in BrisLETS because of the benefits it brings you: the ability to trade your valuable goods or services for units that can get you other people’s desirable goods and services for units.

Whether you’re in regular work or not, you save your valuable cash.

So BrisLETS is a group of rugged individuals in the process of becoming a community. And what’s a community? Ideally, a group of generous, helpful people with a common aim, who see each other regularly and get to know each other by sharing activities.

Serving for a term on a committee has many advantages.

  1. You can help make things happen as you think they should happen.
  2. You get to know and better understand the back story of the organisation.
  3. You get to know other good folks on the committee and you can’t help becoming friends with them.
  4. You use your current, unique skills and talents, and you stretch them.
  5. You get to learn new skills, such as organising, new software, interacting with people.
  6. Volunteering looks really nice on your resume.
  7. You’ll even earn some units, if it’s a BrisLETS committee or team.

You’ll get help to take on roles like:

  • Mailchimp assistant
  • membership secretary
  • president
  • secretary
  • promotions coordinator
  • mediators
  • local area contacts
  • drop-off point hosts

There are many other little jobs that might take your fancy, or that of someone you know.

Start here: https://brislets.com/help/volunteer-opportunities/ and then follow the prompts to learn more about jobs or download your chosen job description.

As mentioned, most volunteers are paid a Stipend in Units.

—  Simon Cole

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