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Dirección General de Voluntariado y Participación Consejería de Gobernación y Justicia Plaza Nueva s/n (41071 - Sevilla) [email_address] http://juntadeandalucia.es/gobernación/voluntariado
Presentation A brief description of volunteer action in Spain, Andalusia and Seville: Profiles and topics Dimensions of social participation process. Working areas of III Plan Andaluz del Voluntariado 2010-2014 Looking back, looking ahead: Challenges of andalusian volunteering movement. 1 2 3
Commitment level. 31% of the population say they have performed volunteerism at some time, but only 17% made volunteering during the last year. Average of 7 hours a week
High level of trust in society . 72% believe that volunteering is not very valued in Spain . 70% believe that volunteerism provides a solution to many problems . 53% think that the volunteering programs need to be managed by an organization in order to effectiveness
Volunteering context in Spain Reference: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. April 2011. http://www.cis.es
DIMENSIONS of volunteer action. An integrative framework INFORMAL Specific individual actions Not framed in an organizational program Not easy to be legally regulated Near to social participation rather than “real” volunteering FORMAL Activities committed over time Supported by an organizational vision Rights and duties are legally defined Volunteering is clearly defined as a kind of community participation The role of public administration is quite important: supportive public policies are designed to improve volunteering (III Plan Andaluz del Voluntariado 2010-2014) Specific legislation about volunteering (Andalusian law not allows public sector to develop volunteering projects, because of people only become volunteers in a non profit organization)
Working Areas of III Plan Andaluz del Voluntariado 2010-2014 How do citizens, acting collectively by volunteering, acquire and use power to promote positive changes in their communities? How can communities become empowered to address the problems and challenges they face? What the role of volunteering could be?
Looking Back, Looking Ahead Strongs Weaks Normative framework . Volunteering is recognized by public institutions as a social actor Maturity , skills and experience of volunteering organizations Long-term technical competence Social prestige. Volunteering as a alternative to express solidarity with oppressed groups Barriers to access research resources by practitioners of third sector Economical dependence of Public Administrations Not enough transference of findings from research to practice.
Threats Oportunities Economic crisis Labour relations . Work conditions in third sector. The process of individualitation Bureaucracy of non profit management Encourage use of Internet and ITC by third sector Corporate Social Responsability as a framework to improve relations between private sector and volunteering Online volunteering Use quality systems management in volunteering organization To explore new ways of participation in society. Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it´s the only thing that ever does Margaret Mead, anthropologist Grazie per l'attenzione!! Reference: Images from young people concentrations. Spain. Last week.