How welfare-to-work requirements impact on single parents' volunteer activities

Cook, Kay, Ward, Brooke, McKenzie, Hayley, Noblet, Andrew and Bodsworth, Eve 2009, How welfare-to-work requirements impact on single parents' volunteer activities, Australian journal on volunteering, vol. 14, pp. 1-8.

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Title How welfare-to-work requirements impact on single parents' volunteer activities
Author(s) Cook, Kay
Ward, Brooke
McKenzie, Hayley
Noblet, Andrew
Bodsworth, Eve
Journal name Australian journal on volunteering
Volume number 14
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Volunteering Australia
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1325-8362
1836-0246
Summary This paper seeks to describe the volunteering experiences of female single parents engaged in Australia's welfare-to-work program. Interviews were conducted with 26 single parents who had been required to increase their hours of work as a condition of the Centrelink policy introduced in 2006. To analyse the data, the technique of rich point analysis was employed which identified three key concepts central to the women's experiences.  These concepts included the nature of a decent job, notions of reciprocity, and a seeming hierarchy of suitable jobs promoted within the welfareto- work policy. How volunteer activities fit within these constructs was the focus of the investigation. The analysis revealed that the types of paid jobs women obtained were less fulfilling and flexible than their volunteer activities. and gave them less sense of contributing to society, Further, in most cases prior to welfare reform, these single mothers were volunteering in their children's school and as such, both the school's capacity and intergenerational role modelling of volunteering were depleted.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Volunteering Australia Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020749

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