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  • 1. Forum for Voluntary Social Work
    • Platform for Swedish social voluntary organisations
    • 2. Aim: Improve conditions for social voluntary work
    • 3. Activities: Lobbying, knowledge and support
    • 4. Some of our members:
  • Civil Society Involvement in Sweden
  • 5. The Swedish Voluntary Sector
    • Stems from people movement - “Folkrörelse”
    • 6. 200 000 organisations (49% less than 9 years ago)
    • 7. 32 million memberships (population base 9 million)
    • 8. Active volunteers: 52% of population engage on average 16 h/month (168 h/year)
    • 9. 24% employed in sector, 76% volunteers (hours worked)
    • 10. Share of GDP 6%
  • Trends
    • Volunteers signed up for a long time
    • 11. Mainly on a management level
    • 12. Identified and carried out most of the undertakings of today's welfare state
    • 13. Today / future
    • 14. Projects/activities based on personal interest is the main driving force and not the organisation
    • 15. No longer lifetime members/project driven
    • 16. Less management activities and more specific projects
    • 17. 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.
    • 18. 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
    • 19. An interface for people who want to volunteer (for individuals directly or through organizations)
    • 20. For people who need volunteer assistance
    • 21. The volunteer centres aim to make local volunteer activities more visible and highlight its importance
    • 22. It facilitates the conditions for organizations, groups and single persons, so they can contribute to their local environment.
    • 23. 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.
  • 24. Sweden's leading volunteer cooperation
    • Over 20,000 coupled volunteer contacts
    • 25. 4,472 projects whereby 293 are active
    • 26. 917 organisations
    • 27. 4,932 logged – meaning people waiting for incoming projects
  • Volontärbyråns volunteers
    • 66 % volunteers are between 15 - 37
    • 28. 70 % are first time volunteers
    • 29. 99 % would consider volunteering again!
  • The expert role – Collects and shares experience and knowledge
    • Training for volunteer coordinators and managers
    • 30. Coaches volunteer coordinators
    • 31. Arrange foundation courses, project and in-depth courses
    • 32. Gather volunteer coordinators for a national meeting
    • 33. Shares knowledge and experience in a simple, easy and understandable way; via our website, newsletters and virtual network
  • Issues for the future - volunteering
    • 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.
    • 34. To stimulate organizations to reflect on what the individual membership really means today.
    • 35. To stimulate the organizations to actively find out how to reach people who don’t get the question to volunteer today.
    • 36. To stimulate cooperation between organizations and cooperation with public administration.
    • 37. 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
    • 38. Provide an accessible structure for recruitment of volunteers, which Volontärbyrån in part provide today
    • 39. Building a mirrored structure relative the public and state sector with voluntary sector bodies at local, regional and national level
    • 40. 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
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