Voluntary Service Centres in Italy: a new social actor in the development of voluntarism

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de Palma, Elena; Paganin, Angelo
Date of publication
1 April 2002
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 4; Number 2
Social welfare
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This article presents an overview of Italy’s Voluntary Service Centres. It discusses how they were established, and then reviews their activities and organisational structure. The article then analyses the major issues that the Centres currently face, and concludes with an examination of their positive aspects. All the research data derive from the study I centri di servizio per il volontariato in Italia. Rapporto 2000 ('Voluntary service centres in Italy: Report 2000'), produced by CESIAV ('Centre for the study of and initiatives for associations and voluntary work') and the National Network of Voluntary Service Centre Committees.

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