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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care$
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Ros Scott and Steven Howlett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788270.001.0001

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Volunteering and community

Volunteering and community

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(p.185) Chapter 14 Volunteering and community
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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care
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Libby Sallnow

Heather Richardson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198788270.003.0014

This chapter, drawing on the research and practice of the two authors explores the relationship between volunteering and the concept of community. The focus is on volunteers called compassionate neighbours. They work in East London, England, supporting people who are coming to the end of their life as part of a compassionate community. The stories of three compassionate neighbours are described in this chapter—either in their own words or through a description negotiated with them. How their experience relates to the notion of community is also explored. The chapter considers their broader experiences, and the consequences of being part of a compassionate community. It confirms the impact of such membership—changes in attitude, personal wellbeing and new relationships. Ultimately there is evidence of social and personal transformation on the part of the volunteers.

Keywords:   community development, end of life care, volunteering, public health, community, compassionate communities

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