Participation in volunteering and unpaid work
- 13 February 2011
ReportNumber of pages:67Reference no.:EF1102Topics:Retirement; Social inclusion; Quality of society; Quality of life and quality of society; Quality of life and public services; Social policies; Subjective well-being
Executive summaryNumber of pages:2Reference no.:EF11021Catalogue info
Monitoring quality of life in Europe: participation in volunteering and unpaid work - Executive summaryAuthor(s):Eurofound
This study provides empirical evidence on volunteering and unpaid work activities in the European Union. The definition of volunteering is challenging, particularly in a cross-country comparison. A clear distinction between formal and informal volunteering is desirable but difficult to achieve, given that traditions and perceptions in the Member States are diverse. This study focuses on formal volunteering – that is, voluntary work performed in an organised manner, usually under the auspices of an organisation. Read more in the report - see Related content.
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Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2007, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.