Showcase of research on personal communities and volunteering

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Posted on 25 March 2013

Professor Mihaela Kelemen, KMS was awarded £15K to showcase research on personal communities and volunteering, conducted jointly with Dr Anita Mangan, KMS, and Sue Moffat, Director of New Vic Borderlines, at the first Connected Communities AHRC Showcase.

The event was attended by over 100 organisations and was opened by Rt Hon David Willets, Minister for Universities and Science.  Following an introduction to the project by Professor Kelemen and Dr Mangan, a documentary drama entitled 'A little act of kindness' was performed. The performance was scripted and directed by Sue Moffat, New Vic Borderlines and the actors were some the volunteers who had been interviewed and recorded for the original AHRC project.  The performance brought to life the various types of personal communities that are formed through volunteering namely altruistic, instrumental, militant and forced personal communities.  The session concluded with a Q&A session in which the audience had the opportunity to share their own volunteering experiences and as well as debate with the project members and the 'actors' the importance of these issues in today's society.  It was concluded that what we need is not a Big Society but a better society and volunteering could be an important factor in delivering it.  The session was recorded by the AHRC and live streamed.