Volunteers in social welfare services
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Organised professionalised social welfare services are relatively recent developments. In the history of social welfare, organised services came long before professionalised services. There have been people unable to provide for themselves at a level of functioning deemed appropriate by the standards of the day, and there are people who freely give time and service to members of the community. It is with the advent of the modern Welfare State that the notion of volunteering, and the activities and characteristics of volunteers, as well as their organisational environment, takes on great importance.
Speech given at the Volunteers Centre, Adelaide, 2nd July, 1985, by Adam Graycar, Commissioner for the Ageing. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/