Platform for Swedish social voluntary organisations
Aim: Improve conditions for social voluntary work
Activities: Lobbying, knowledge and support
Some of our members:
Civil Society Involvement in Sweden
The Swedish Voluntary Sector
Stems from people movement - “Folkrörelse”
200 000 organisations (49% less than 9 years ago)
32 million memberships (population base 9 million)
Active volunteers: 52% of population engage on average 16 h/month (168 h/year)
24% employed in sector, 76% volunteers (hours worked)
Share of GDP 6%
Volunteers signed up for a long time
Mainly on a management level
Identified and carried out most of the undertakings of today's welfare state
Today / future
Projects/activities based on personal interest is the main driving force and not the organisation
No longer lifetime members/project driven
Less management activities and more specific projects
Will carry out more of today's welfare state undertakings
How Swedes get involved
Volunteering carried out within volunteer organizations as an active dimension of organizational membership. “Inherited” from their parents.
The development of the welfare state during the post war period – volunteers were not less active, but focused on other areas than welfare work such as sport and culture
Volunteer centres (Frivilligcentral) in Sweden
Information offices for volunteering activities
An interface for people who want to volunteer (for individuals directly or through organizations)
For people who need volunteer assistance
The volunteer centres aim to make local volunteer activities more visible and highlight its importance
It facilitates the conditions for organizations, groups and single persons, so they can contribute to their local environment.
They are a complement to the governmental and private sector initiatives
/Volontärbyrån/ Volontärbyråns website is the preferred site for volunteer opportunities in Sweden. We act as an intermediary as well as offering training for volunteer coordinators and managers. www.volontarbyran.org
Sweden's leading volunteer cooperation
Over 20,000 coupled volunteer contacts
4,472 projects whereby 293 are active
4,932 logged – meaning people waiting for incoming projects
66 % volunteers are between 15 - 37
70 % are first time volunteers
99 % would consider volunteering again!
The expert role – Collects and shares experience and knowledge
Training for volunteer coordinators and managers
Coaches volunteer coordinators
Arrange foundation courses, project and in-depth courses
Gather volunteer coordinators for a national meeting
Shares knowledge and experience in a simple, easy and understandable way; via our website, newsletters and virtual network
Issues for the future - volunteering Organizations
Help the organizations to formulate concrete and clear assignments based on own needs. From this perspective, pinpoint new groups of people than those they reach today.
To stimulate organizations to reflect on what the individual membership really means today.
To stimulate the organizations to actively find out how to reach people who don’t get the question to volunteer today.
To stimulate cooperation between organizations and cooperation with public administration.
Measure the value of voluntary work, not just in economic terms but also in terms of general health and wellbeing
In a Swedish context infrastructure for volunteering include:
Building capacity and competence within the sector by providing a structure and methods for knowledge and learning
Provide an accessible structure for recruitment of volunteers, which Volontärbyrån in part provide today
Building a mirrored structure relative the public and state sector with voluntary sector bodies at local, regional and national level
Increased funding and support for voluntary sector research to provide us with a better and stronger knowledge base relative what currently exist.
The Swedish agreement in English: http://www.regeringen.se/content/1/c6/09/14/87/edcb9894.pdf For more information: www.socialforum.se www.volontarbyran.org