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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 England: Towards Greater Flexibility and Inclusiveness?

Older Volunteers in England: Towards Greater Flexibility and Inclusiveness?

(p.119) SIX Older Volunteers in England: Towards Greater Flexibility and Inclusiveness?
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Robert Lindley

Beate Baldauf

Sheila Galloway

Yuxin Li

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This chapter focuses on volunteering by older people in England. It summarises briefly the tradition of volunteering and the legal framework governing the sector and then examines the nature and scope of volunteering, generally and that of older people in particular. The opportunities for and barriers to volunteering in later life are considered. More flexible opportunities for working and volunteering may offer positive mutual reinforcement regarding older volunteer supply if allowance is made for their aggregate overall effects over the future rather than concentrating on the fates of individual strategies to cope with multiple activities largely in the present. How organisational policies might adapt to improve the alignment between the preferences of older people and the volunteering opportunities available is explored.

Keywords:   Volunteering, England, older people, opportunities, barriers, preferences, organisational policies, flexibility, inclusiveness

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