In the interview Paul talks about changes in volunteering in Edinburgh and more broadly in Scotland. He talks about developments in online volunteering and gives the example of how the Volunteer Centre in Edinburgh recruited a volunteer to help with their internal database management.
It’s interesting that when he moves on to micro-volunteering, the discussion becomes hypothetical. In a way this kind of represents where the UK volunteering sector as a whole is at, in terms of its experience of using new technology in volunteering. We’re comfortable talking about the role and status of volunteering in UK communities.
Most of us now have had at least ad hoc experiences of using new technology directly in helping to develop and broaden volunteering. However, when it comes to using new tech in very specific user cases such as mobile based micro-volunteering, the general experience is still tentative.
Always interesting to hear about the opportunities and new developments from Help from Home, i-volunteer and other sources. It will be interesting to see what responses the appeal in the Government’s Green Paper on giving gets on the subject.