English title: Older volunteers in Poland: The heritage of a Socialist regime

Author(s): Konrad Turek - Jolanta Perek-Białas -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2014


This chapter analyses the phenomenon of volunteering in older age in Poland at individual, organisational and public policy level. We focus on its conditions, limitations and the opportunities, presenting also the country-specific tradition of the voluntary activity. The engagement of seniors in the third sector in Poland is among the lowest in Europe. The main reasons of it may be found in: history and the heritage of socialism, current socio-economic situation, mentality and the problem of limited possibilities of engagement in the third sector for older people. However, the situation is changing. The professionalisation of the third sector, EU priorities and funds, interest of the media and a growing awareness of the challenges posed by an ageing society have impact on an increasing concern and actions about the need for more active old-timers in the voluntary work.

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Anthology: Active ageing: Voluntary work by older people in Europe

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