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Voluntary work in organizations
and associations
RI World Congress, Session A
Jouni Puumalainen, Researcher
Finnish Centra...
Background of the research
• Eleven organizations
• Working for persons with substance abuse or mental
health problems
• F...
Aim of the third sub-research
• Examine critically concepts of
– voluntary work
– peer work or work as experts of experien...
Questionnaires
- Snowball-sampling: Keypersons in the organizations spread the
links to the electronic questionnaires
1) V...
Personnel
• 85 % of respondents were women
• 60 % of respondents were employees
• 44 % say that they have a written plan h...
Importance of voluntary work
%
Without them the organization
would not function 30
Very important 49
Rather important 14
L...
Voluntaries (all together, n=165)
• 63 % of the respondents were women
• Age 21-79 years, mean 53 years
• 53 % on a pensio...
Peers and experts of experience (n=76)
Have you got professional guidance?
%
No 17
Yes, but not enough 26
Yes, enough 57
A...
Peers and experts of experience (cont.)
Have you got professional guidance? WHIT Have you
sometimes felt exhausted when do...
Future: How should voluntary work be
developed?
Personnel (50 respondents):
- More young people to voluntary work
- More v...
Future: How should voluntary work be
developed?
Voluntaries (109 respondents):
- More responsibility
- More professional g...
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  1. 1. Voluntary work in organizations and associations RI World Congress, Session A Jouni Puumalainen, Researcher Finnish Central Association for Mental Health/ Rehabilitation Foundation 2016Puumalainen 1
  2. 2. Background of the research • Eleven organizations • Working for persons with substance abuse or mental health problems • Funded by Finnish Slot Machine Association • During 2015-2018 • Three different research: – 1) more knowledge about the organizations, – 2) needs of those citizens that the organizations reach – 3) voluntary work or peer work in organizations (Jouni Puumalainen and Päivi Rissanen) 2016Puumalainen 2
  3. 3. Aim of the third sub-research • Examine critically concepts of – voluntary work – peer work or work as experts of experience • Examine by questionnaire survey e.g. - how important the voluntary work is for the organizations - what is done as voluntary work - why is voluntary work done - how it should be developed 2015Puumalainen 3
  4. 4. Questionnaires - Snowball-sampling: Keypersons in the organizations spread the links to the electronic questionnaires 1) Voluntaries (n=89) 2) Peers or experts of experience (n=76) 3) Personnel about voluntaries (n=27) 4) Personnel about peers or experts of experience (n=60) For the analysis samples 1 and 2 were combined (n=165) and also samples 3 and 4 were combined (n=87) 2015Puumalainen 4
  5. 5. Personnel • 85 % of respondents were women • 60 % of respondents were employees • 44 % say that they have a written plan how to use voluntaries • 62 % say they give professional guidance to their voluntaries • 71 % say they have procedures to secure that the voluntaries do not get exhausted (work overload) 2015Puumalainen 5
  6. 6. Importance of voluntary work % Without them the organization would not function 30 Very important 49 Rather important 14 Little importance 6 No importance 1 __________________________________ All together (n) 100 (84) 2015Puumalainen 6
  7. 7. Voluntaries (all together, n=165) • 63 % of the respondents were women • Age 21-79 years, mean 53 years • 53 % on a pension and 31 % in work • 66 % did voluntary work in a mental health organization • 87 % were members of that organization • 62 % had done voluntary work 3 years or more, 19 % 10 years or more • 11 % did voluntary work 20 hours or more in a week, mean 7 hours 2016Puumalainen 7
  8. 8. Peers and experts of experience (n=76) Have you got professional guidance? % No 17 Yes, but not enough 26 Yes, enough 57 All together (n) 100 (76) Have you sometimes felt exhausted when doing voluntary work? % No 64 Yes 36 All together (n) 100 (76) 2016Puumalainen 8
  9. 9. Peers and experts of experience (cont.) Have you got professional guidance? WHIT Have you sometimes felt exhausted when doing voluntary work? (%) Guidance Exhausted No Yes All together No 38 62 100 Yes, but not enough 50 50 100 Yes, enough 79 43 100 All together 64 36 100 p<.010 2016Puumalainen 9
  10. 10. Future: How should voluntary work be developed? Personnel (50 respondents): - More young people to voluntary work - More versatile tasks - Get voluntaries to develop organization (evaluation, research) - More support to voluntaries - More publicity - More co-operation between organizations concerning voluntary work 2016Puumalainen 10
  11. 11. Future: How should voluntary work be developed? Voluntaries (109 respondents): - More responsibility - More professional guidance - More education - More publicity - More collective events to voluntaries - Using voluntary work should be more natural in public sector work (planning, evaluation) - More respect to voluntary work 2016Puumalainen 11

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