Service users’ perceptions of volunteers involved in a residential and training service for adults with a learning disability

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Turley, Val
Date of publication
1 September 1999
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 1; Number 3
Volunteering, Disabled people, Employment, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This article looks at how people with a learning disability perceive the role of volunteers, and at how they feel volunteers can be of help to them. The findings suggest that they view volunteers as friends. Until services can be reorganised to the point where staff can support people with a learning disability in more community-based activities, the introduction of volunteers as friends may be seen as a positive and valuable step.

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