Active Citizenship and Community Learning by Carol Packham

By Carol Packham

This ebook explores the position of the employee in facilitating participation, studying and energetic engagement inside of communities.

Focusing on fresh projects to reinforce citizen and neighborhood engagement, it offers suggestions, frameworks and actions to aid in paintings with neighborhood individuals, both as sorts of volunteers or as a part of self-help teams. atmosphere group paintings as a tutorial approach, the booklet additionally highlights dilemmas coming up from attainable interventions and provides suggestions for reflective, potent practice.

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You may have written something like: a volunteer is someone who decides to get involved; who is learning a skill so that they can move on; who does work for nothing. The definition of volunteer, their types and what is achieved by volunteering will be discussed in this chapter. What is a volunteer? qxd 19/8/08 14:10 Page 43 Chapter 4 Volunteers and active citizens support voluntary activity. Volunteering has therefore been an important element of work and wider society. 175). Government schemes to encourage volunteering such as the Russell Commission on Youth Action and Engagement (2005), use the United Nations definition of volunteering (2001): There are three key defining characteristics of volunteering.

Their work has shown that there is an often an interdependence between the civic and civil sectors within societies. In Bulgaria and former communist countries there had been a very controlling state or civic sector, with little room for other organizations in the civil sector. In the UK, the state and third sector have been interdependent, the state often financing third sector organizations. Nicaragua is an example of a country with a vibrant and independent civil sector, providing popular, participatory spaces, which were autonomous, creative and politicized, and where grass roots organizations such as social movements and campaigning pressure groups were located.

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