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Den nya frivilligheten
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
1998 (Swedish)In: Nordisk sosialt arbeid, ISSN 0333-1342, Vol. 18, no 1, 2-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The new voluntarism.

The article is based on an evaluation of the first two years of the Swedish volunteer centre Viljan. The aim is to arrive at a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of voluntary work based on the experience of one volunteer centre. The stydy comprised 39 users and 62 volunteers. Viljan's users consists of two main groups frail, elderly women and single mothers. The group of single mothers needed baby-sitters but also wanted an adult contact for themselves. It is difficult for Viljan to meet this need. The direction taken by Viljan has been a relatively traditional role of befriending the old and the sick, initially with strong control from the social services. All the interviewees were satisfied with the help they had recieved, but it was clear that they want more assistance and contact, which they do not dare to ask for out of fear if becoming a burden. Volunteers and the users appear to have the same needs for social contact which is why they turned to Viljan. There is a serious risk, however, that the volunteer centre may emphasize assistance to people to the expence of meetings between people and that the volunteers may be proffesionalized. The volunteers live all over the Stockholm area, few of them living close to the people they help. The volunteer centre can be seen as a modern welfare phenomenon, which make visible civic needs which the family, the public sphere and the private sphere have not been able to satisfy. Viljan appears to be able to fill this vacuum partially.

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Oslo: Universitetsforl , 1998. Vol. 18, no 1, 2-9 p.
Keyword [en]
new voluntarism, volunteer centre, evaluation
Keyword [sv]
frivilliga, brukare, frivilligcentral, utvärdering
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54144OAI: diva2:392056
Available from: 2011-01-25 Created: 2011-01-25 Last updated: 2015-08-18Bibliographically approved

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