'At least I can do something': the work of volunteering in a community beset by worklessness

Baines, S. and Hardill, I., 2008. 'At least I can do something': the work of volunteering in a community beset by worklessness. Social Policy and Society, 7 (3), pp. 307-317. ISSN 1474-7464

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Abstract

The voluntary sector has been mainstreamed into public policy with consequences that include more reliance upon the time, commitment and skills of volunteers. In many policy initiatives to combat social exclusion, volunteering is cast as a form of self-improvement and re-training for the workforce. Qualitative research in a disadvantaged community, however, uncovered the persistence of more traditional forms of volunteering associated with mutual support and identification with the needs of others. Policies intended to broaden the base of the volunteer workforce need to recognise and nurture the intrinsic rewards of volunteering.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Social Policy and Society
Creators: Baines, S. and Hardill, I.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: 2008
Volume: 7
Number: 3
ISSN: 1474-7464
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1017/S1474746408004284DOI
Rights: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2008
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:22
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 10:28
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11822

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