Crossing the boundaries: the secret of successful volunteers in a caring role

Volunteering Australia
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Australian Journal on Volunteering, 2009, 14 (8), pp. 1 - 5
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At the second national volunteering research symposium two papers were presented that reported the conditions of unusually successful volunteering programs. The first of these papers was `Staying connected: The lived experiences of volunteers and older adults' by J Pennington and T Knight (2008) and the other by Jenny Warburton (2008), `The Rotary Readers Program, Bundaberg South State School'. Both studies identified the volunteers as `working beyond the boundaries'. Such findings are particularly significant as they demand a rethinking of volunteer theory. They also challenge the usefulness of some of our existing constraining regulations that prevent more successful volunteering events. This paper reflects on both the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.
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