MEETING 5 PRESENTATION (4) INSIGHT SOCIAL RESEARCH LTD (UK) IVISOC 2013

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MEETING 5 PRESENTATION (4) INSIGHT SOCIAL RESEARCH LTD (UK) IVISOC 2013

  1. 1. Framework Review Issues to Consider Malcolm Fisk Hayley Fisk Iain Parker
  2. 2. Fulfilling the ‘Brief’  Reminder –  Volunteering in the context of social cohesion  Key EU agenda following 2011 European Year of Volunteering  Undiminished concern (EU-wide) to promote volunteering – especially in view of economic crisis / lack of jobs.  IVISOC –  Promoting EU objectives around volunteering (e.g. relating to the creation of ‘enabling and facilitating environments’ for volunteering)  Showing how to do it via the ‘Volunteering Framework’!
  3. 3. Context  Different positions in different countries  benchmark in the 2010 GHK European report  emergence of ‘fourth sector’…  Knowledge and expertise of IVISOC partners  exchange of this knowledge … guided by our three themes around Recruitment, Retention and Recognition…  But no common definition of ‘volunteering’  what is a true volunteer?  limited clarity regarding the boundary between volunteering and (e.g.) neighbourly caring  dilemmas around payment, reward, use of volunteering as ‘training’ or as gift to others…
  4. 4. Towards a ‘Framework’ [1]  The ‘Volunteering Framework’ needs to:  clearly state and work within the boundaries of our project …but recognise some ‘blurring’ at the boundaries (e.g.) social support having benefits in terms of health / well- being both for volunteers and beneficiaries  draw on the expertise and knowledge of the partners in all countries… in examples / case studies (etc) that will ‘bring to life’ and give pointers to the applicability and usefulness of the Volunteering Framework  avoid rigidity… in view of the diverse nature of volunteering that we have found in the different countries.
  5. 5. Towards a ‘Framework’ [2]  The ‘Volunteering Framework’ needs to:  offer (or adopt) a common definition of volunteering that captures its diverse nature  systematically address the ‘3Rs’ viz. Recruitment, Retention and Recognition – plus training  differentiate throughout in respect of the different needs and motivations of volunteers and (therefore) the types of training and support that are necessary… both inherent in the volunteering tasks concerned and for the personal development of volunteers  provide a simple way of judging the effectiveness of the support given to volunteers in relation to the volunteering tasks concerned.
  6. 6. Towards a ‘Framework’ [3]  The ‘Volunteering Framework’ needs to:  address insurance matters  look at the nature of rewards and payments made (without undermining the flexibility that will relate to different contexts for volunteering)*  consider restrictions on volunteers (eligibility criteria)  specify the nature of induction and on-going training, plus (perhaps) suggestions around qualifications  acknowledge the need to avoid an approach that over- professionalises volunteers (and need for clarity regarding relationships and status vis à vis paid staff)  encourage partnership working.
  7. 7. Towards a ‘Framework’ [4]  Finally, the Framework needs to be seen as conducive to wider EU objectives of increasing the level of volunteering. It, therefore needs to:  be simple and easily understood  be applicable in different volunteering contexts within social care  be relevant and applicable to people wanting to develop skills for (e.g.) work purposes and those who want to ‘give’  be able to offer signposting to ways in which it can be publicised, disseminated, and adopted by different social care organisations.
  8. 8. Framework Review  The Framework Review will note:  the way that the Framework has emerged from the work undertaken – taking account of:  different types of volunteer, and  the context in different EU countries…  the way that input from:  partner organisations, and  ‘the volunteer voice’ have helped shape the Framework…  the way in which the Framework positions itself in relation to EC objectives.

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