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Active ageingVoluntary work by older people in Europe$
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Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen, and Giovanni Lamura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307204

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307204.001.0001

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Organisational Reflections on the Impact of Working and Caring on Older Volunteering

Organisational Reflections on the Impact of Working and Caring on Older Volunteering

Chapter:
(p.275) TWELVE Organisational Reflections on the Impact of Working and Caring on Older Volunteering
Source:
Active ageing
Author(s):

Robert Lindley

Andrea Principi

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447307204.003.0012

Much theorising and empirical research on volunteering focuses on the individual perspective. This chapter draws on European case studies in order to address the organisational perspective. Particular attention is paid to how volunteering situations are affected by the labour force participation of older people and by their family care responsibilities. It deals especially with how organisations assess the impacts of these external conditions on volunteering by older people and the effects of these on the organisations themselves. It seeks to identify the principal generic dilemmas that face voluntary organisations. This is done by addressing how far the apparent ‘logic of competition’ between time for volunteering, working and informal caring applies in practice.

Keywords:   volunteering, older people, European case studies, Organisations, labour force participation, caring responsibilities

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