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Making sense of organizational change: voices of older volunteers

Lie, Mabel and Baines, Susan (2007) Making sense of organizational change: voices of older volunteers. Voluntas: international journal of voluntary and nonprofit organizations, 18 (3). pp. 225-240. ISSN 0957-8765

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Abstract

The role of voluntary and community sector organizations in the delivery of public services is increasing and these changes bring new responsibilities and benefits to organizations that have the capacity to participate. There are concerns within the sector about the implications for citizenship and participation. The sector is highly dependent on volunteers yet little is known about how organizational change in response to new relationships with the statutory sector impact upon the commitment and well-being of people who volunteer. This paper addresses that gap in knowledge for older volunteers. Drawing upon collaborative research with a voluntary organization in the north of England, the authors explore the meanings and aspirations of volunteering for older people, and explain how and why changes associated with closer engagement with public service delivery and less grant dependency can be disempowering for them.

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