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The contribution of volunteers in social care services for older people

Cameron, Ailsa, Johnson, Eleanor K., Lloyd, Liz, Willis, Paul ORCID: and Smith, Randall 2022. The contribution of volunteers in social care services for older people. Voluntary Sector Review 13 (2) , 260–277. 10.1332/204080521X16244744548937

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Faced with unprecedented challenges, the adult social care sector in England has seen increasing attention given to the potential of volunteers to contribute to service provision. This article reports the findings of a qualitative study that explored the contribution made by volunteers to social care services for older people. The article draws attention to the difficulties associated with recruiting and training volunteers to work in the sector, particularly during a period of reduced public expenditure, which is putting the sector under strain. Given the challenges faced, the article considers whether it is appropriate to involve volunteers in care work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Bristol University Press
ISSN: 2040-8056
Funders: NIHR School for Social Care Research
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 17:00

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