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  1. 1. Forum for Voluntary Social Work<br /><ul><li> Platform for Swedish social voluntary organisations
  2. 2. Aim: Improve conditions for social voluntary work
  3. 3. Activities: Lobbying, knowledge and support
  4. 4. Some of our members:</li></li></ul><li>Civil Society Involvement in Sweden<br />
  5. 5. The Swedish Voluntary Sector<br /><ul><li> Stems from people movement - “Folkrörelse”
  6. 6. 200 000 organisations (49% less than 9 years ago)
  7. 7. 32 million memberships (population base 9 million)
  8. 8. Active volunteers: 52% of population engage on average 16 h/month (168 h/year)
  9. 9. 24% employed in sector, 76% volunteers (hours worked)
  10. 10. Share of GDP 6%</li></li></ul><li>Trends<br />Historically<br /><ul><li>Volunteers signed up for a long time
  11. 11. Mainly on a management level
  12. 12. Identified and carried out most of the undertakings of today's welfare state
  13. 13. Today / future
  14. 14. Projects/activities based on personal interest is the main driving force and not the organisation
  15. 15. No longer lifetime members/project driven
  16. 16. Less management activities and more specific projects
  17. 17. Will carry out more of today's welfare state undertakings</li></li></ul><li>How Swedes get involved<br /><ul><li> Volunteering carried out within volunteer organizations as an active dimension of organizational membership. “Inherited” from their parents.
  18. 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</li></li></ul><li>Volunteer centres (Frivilligcentral) in Sweden<br /><ul><li>Information offices for volunteering activities
  19. 19. An interface for people who want to volunteer (for individuals directly or through organizations)
  20. 20. For people who need volunteer assistance
  21. 21. The volunteer centres aim to make local volunteer activities more visible and highlight its importance
  22. 22. It facilitates the conditions for organizations, groups and single persons, so they can contribute to their local environment.
  23. 23. They are a complement to the governmental and private sector initiatives</li></li></ul><li>/Volontärbyrån/<br />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.<br />www.volontarbyran.org<br />
  24. 24. Sweden's leading volunteer cooperation<br /><ul><li>Over 20,000 coupled volunteer contacts
  25. 25. 4,472 projects whereby 293 are active
  26. 26. 917 organisations
  27. 27. 4,932 logged – meaning people waiting for incoming projects</li></li></ul><li>Volontärbyråns volunteers<br /><ul><li>66 % volunteers are between 15 - 37
  28. 28. 70 % are first time volunteers
  29. 29. 99 % would consider volunteering again!</li></li></ul><li>The expert role – Collects and shares experience and knowledge<br /><ul><li>Training for volunteer coordinators and managers
  30. 30. Coaches volunteer coordinators
  31. 31. Arrange foundation courses, project and in-depth courses
  32. 32. Gather volunteer coordinators for a national meeting
  33. 33. Shares knowledge and experience in a simple, easy and understandable way; via our website, newsletters and virtual network</li></li></ul><li>Issues for the future - volunteering<br />Organizations<br /><ul><li>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. 34. To stimulate organizations to reflect on what the individual membership really means today.
  35. 35. To stimulate the organizations to actively find out how to reach people who don’t get the question to volunteer today.
  36. 36. To stimulate cooperation between organizations and cooperation with public administration.
  37. 37. Measure the value of voluntary work, not just in economic terms but also in terms of general health and wellbeing</li></li></ul><li>In a Swedish context infrastructure for volunteering include:<br /><ul><li>Building capacity and competence within the sector by providing a structure and methods for knowledge and learning
  38. 38. Provide an accessible structure for recruitment of volunteers, which Volontärbyrån in part provide today
  39. 39. Building a mirrored structure relative the public and state sector with voluntary sector bodies at local, regional and national level
  40. 40. Increased funding and support for voluntary sector research to provide us with a better and stronger knowledge base relative what currently exist.</li></li></ul><li>The Swedish agreement in English: http://www.regeringen.se/content/1/c6/09/14/87/edcb9894.pdf<br />For more information:<br />www.socialforum.se<br />www.volontarbyran.org<br />

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