||Welfare Benefits Advice
7 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL 081 969 9105
18th May 1994
48 Tavistock Road
Further to our discussion today regarding your activities
as a volunteer with Sixty Plus I am, as promised, confirming
the situation in writing.
You will have noted that I requested Ian MacAulay to be present
during our discussion.
Approximately 10 days ago you asked me to provide you with
a reference and at the time, as I reminded you today, you
noted my hesitation about providing one. I outlined the reasons
for this at the time by stating that prospective employers
generally prefer to approach referees directly for an up-to-date
character reference, and also, as you were most insistant
about obtaining a reference for your own circulation, I explained
that there wouls be a delay due to pressure of work.
This was somewhat disingenuous on my part and I should instead
have made an appointment with you immediately to discuss some
disturbing reports which related to your volunteer activities
in the recent past. As I explained to you, during our discussion,
this concerned two separate reports from female pensioners,
whom you had visited in their homes, and who said that they
experienced your behaviour as intimidating and aggressive.
As you know we held a meeting in an attempt to resolve the
earlier incident, but this second report occured around two
months ago, since when you have been involved in your
own projects and have only recently become available for
volunteer work on the Practicle Help Scheme.
Your request for a reference has now precipitated matters,
but before discussing the situation with you I consulted with
members of the Management Committee and was sanctioned to
proceed with terminating your involvement as a volunteer on
the Practical Help Scheme, which I have now undertaken. Although
you were offered the opportunity of continuing as a volunteer
on the basis of helping in the office with clerical or admin
tasks, you chose not to take this up.
In view of these circumstances I advised you that Sixty Plus
would be prepared to offer you a reference stating only that
you had been a volunteer with the organisation from July 1992
until May 1994 but you declined this offer.
As I stated today, you have carried out your volunteer work
over the past two years, for the most part with diligence.
However, again as I explained, my principle responsibility
as Volunteers' C0-ordinator for Sixty Plus, is to our users,
and it is not acceptable that any pensioner should be at risk
of feeling frightened or intimidated by the attitude of a
volunteer acting on our behalf.
As your ID card was not at hand today, would you kindly return
it as requested, as soon as possible, to either myself or
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