The benefits of giving: learning in the fourth age and the role of volunteer learning mentors
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AbstractLearning for the Fourth Age (L4A) is a social enterprise which recruits, trains, places and matches volunteers (‘learning mentors’) to older people living in care settings or domiciliary settings. We report on the findings of an independent evaluation, drawing on funding from the Big Lottery Silver Dreams programme. Our paper focuses on key findings from the generative aspects of L4A’s work by highlighting the rich experiences of ‘learning mentors’ who were unexpected mutual beneficiaries of L4A’s work. This paper aims to stimulate further debate about the complexity of the landscape in which members of the community interact with opportunities to volunteer. In addition, the challenge to capitalise on their contributions, contravening traditional notions about volunteering embedded within policy.
CitationHafford-Letchfield, T. and Lavender, P. (2014) The benefits of giving: a study of learning in the fourth age and the role of volunteer learning mentors. In: Melling, A. and Pilkington, R. (eds.) Paolo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 117-128.
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DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of a chapter published by Palgrave MacMillan in Paulo Freire and Transformative Education on 12/04/2018, available online: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54250-2_9 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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