Volunteer Edinburgh, March 2020.
Volunteer Edinburgh have put together the following information to help people in Scotland who are already volunteers and anyone who wants to help out during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The thread that binds: Volunteerism and community resilience
United Nations Volunteers, 2018.
The 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report “looks at how volunteerism and community resilience
interact across diverse contexts. It explores the strengths and limitations of community
responses to a range of shocks and stresses, and it examines how external actors can build
on communities’ self-organization in a complementary way, nurturing the most beneficial
characteristics of volunteerism while mitigating against potential harms to the most
Centralised coordination of spontaneous emergency volunteers: The EV CREW model
McLennan, Blythe; Molloy, Julie; Whitaker, Joshua; Handmer, John. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 2016.
This paper presents spontaneous volunteering as an empowering and legitimate component of recovery and resilience and, when coordinated appropriately, it adds value to recovery, is rewarding for volunteers, and reduces associated risks for volunteers, recipient organisations and communities. It also emphasises that central coordination does not replace traditional emergency management volunteering nor informal helping behaviour and emergent volunteerism.