‘Many hands make light work’: the contribution of volunteering to community cohesion

Briggs, Jacqui and Mendiwelso-Bendek, Zoraida and Parks, Louisa (2013) ‘Many hands make light work’: the contribution of volunteering to community cohesion. Project Report. ESRC Taking Part? Project, http://www.takepartresearchcluster.org/publications/takepart-research-publications/.

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This report describes research undertaken as part of the Taking Part? ESRC Research Cluster, focused on community based learning and active citizenship. It contains findings from a small-scale community based research project undertaken in partnership between researchers at Lincoln University with community groups in the Abbey ward in the city of Lincoln, UK. The research used an experiential learning process aimed at co-producing knowledge about the value of volunteering in terms of contributions to community cohesion by discussing what nurtures and motivates volunteering, and barriers and opportunities experienced by community groups. Using a mutual reflection approach, one of the main goals of this small research project was also to support learning processes among those taking part in order to produce their own community action plan. Experiences, expectations, perceptions and issues are taken in a mutual reflection approach as part of the research process.

Keywords:Volunteering, Active Citizenship Learning, Community Based Research, University and Community Partnership
Subjects:L Social studies > L990 Social studies not elsewhere classified
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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ID Code:9717
Deposited On:05 Jun 2013 08:42

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