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Older disabled workers' perceptions of volunteering

Balandin, Susan, Llewellyn, Gwynnyth, Dew, Angela, Ballin, Liora, Schneider, Julie,

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The activity of volunteering is readily available to, and undertaken by, able‐bodied people in Australia and is recognized as a valuable social pursuit, particularly among citizens of retirement age. Despite the known benefits of volunteering, however, there are few reports of disabled people participating as volunteers and little is understood of their experiences or perceptions of volunteering. The aim of this study was to explore how older workers within supported employment settings perceived the opportunities for and barriers to volunteering. Fourteen people with long‐standing impairments participated in this small qualitative study. Overall the participants were positive about volunteering, but noted they might require support to volunteer successfully. Drawing upon the participants’ views, recommendations are made for developing training. Disabled workers facing retirement need to be supported to have opportunities for active participation in the community as volunteers.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Disability & Society

Location : International

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Economic participation

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