I have been at St Elizabeth's for 15 years working in the college, Jubilee House as an Independent Tutor then as a Residential Learning Support Assistant (RLSA).
I started working full time and over the years have gradually cut down my days. I asked if I could switch to bank work as it better suited my lifestyle at the time and they agreed. I have to say I love it, it's just perfect for me. Bank work gives me the flexibility to work as many or little shifts as I like.
Every month I simply complete an availability form which gets passed to my manager stating which days I would be available to work and what shifts (early or late for the following month). If I am not able to work I just omit it from my dates. It also means I do not need to worry about booking appointments that I need to attend and I am free to socialise with my family and friends - I just do not book it as a shift.
I even accrue holiday hours - what a bonus that is! I would recommend bank work to anyone. It gives me the lifestyle that I enjoy while also supporting me financially.