Coerced volunteering, or mandatory work placements under threat of sanctions – which do so much to erode strong supportive volunteering cultures – have been making the news again with a study showing that sanctions do nothing to get people into better work, or better health. (It’s already been proved that good, unsanctioned volunteering placements DO have a positive impact, I wrote about this a few years ago when I looked at how different a healthy cajoling someone into getting involved is to outright, money-related sanctions that leave individuals in dire poverty.)
The study found: “In the “rare” cases where claimants did move off benefits into sustained work, researchers found that personalised job support, not sanctions, was the key factor. With few exceptions, however, jobcentres were more focused on enforcing benefit rules rather than helping people get jobs, the study found.
“Although some examples of good practice are evident, much of the mandatory job search, training and employment support offered by Jobcentre Plus and external providers is too generic, of poor quality and largely ineffective in enabling people to enter and sustain paid work,” it says.
We touch on this and many other tricky topics on in our online sessions around volunteer management. No topic too tricky! Bring your thoughts, opinions, questions from your real-world volunteer management and we’ll help make all our lives easier – including those who would volunteer with us.
Perhaps this is also a good topic for the Thoughtful Thursdays Twitter chat for Volunteer Managers? Check out the #TTVolMgrs monthly twitter chat to meet and share ideas with other volunteer coordinators.
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