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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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Older Volunteers in the Netherlands: New Challenges to an Old Tradition

Older Volunteers in the Netherlands: New Challenges to an Old Tradition

(p.217) TEN Older Volunteers in the Netherlands: New Challenges to an Old Tradition
Active ageing

Joop Schippers

Wieteke Conen

Policy Press

Despite major changes in the Dutch welfare system and an increase in labour market participation the number of older volunteers has been and still is increasing. The typical Dutch older volunteer is a man in his early sixties, well educated, active in an organisation in the field of sports or leisure, or a woman engaged in care, nursing activities and religion organisations. Major threats and challenges to volunteer work are increasing time pressure, higher demands with respect to the quality of voluntary work and less capacity for coaching older volunteers due to public budget cuts. It will require a lot of creativity from Dutch organisations to match organisational demands and the changing needs and preferences of older people to entice them into engaging in voluntary work.

Keywords:   Dutch welfare system, older volunteers, voluntary work, labour market participation, challenges, time pressure, public budget cuts

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