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Making sense of organisational change – voices of older volunteers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mabel LieORCiD, Dr Susan Baines


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The role of voluntary and community sector organizations in the delivery of public services is increasing and these changes bring new responsibilities and benefits to organizations that have the capacity to participate. There are concerns within the sector about the implications for citizenship and participation. The sector is highly dependent on volunteers yet little is known about how organizational change in response to new relationships with the statutory sector impact upon the commitment and well-being of people who volunteer. This paper addresses that gap in knowledge for older volunteers. Drawing upon collaborative research with a voluntary organization in the north of England, the authors explore the meanings and aspirations of volunteering for older people, and explain how and why changes associated with closer engagement with public service delivery and less grant dependency can be disempowering for them.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lie MLS, Baines S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Voluntas

Year: 2007

Volume: 18

Issue: 3

Pages: 225-240

ISSN (print): 0957-8765

ISSN (electronic): 1573-7888

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s11266-007-9043-7


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