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    • Forum for Voluntary Social Work
      • 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%
    • Trends
      Historically
      • 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
      • 917 organisations
      • 4,932 logged – meaning people waiting for incoming projects
    • Volontärbyråns volunteers
      • 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