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New Partnerships: Promoting development in outback towns through voluntary programs for Grey Nomads

Funding: 2006: $25,000
2007: $25,000

Project Member(s): Onyx, J.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Volunteering Australia (Volunteering Ausralia)

Start year: 2006

Summary: The proposed research addresses the untapped potential for the development of mutually beneficial relationships between visiting grey nomads and isolated rural communities through voluntary programs. Building on a completed ethnographic study of retirees who undertake extensive independent travel though outback Australia, it is proposed to identify existing volunteer program exemplars, to survey the willingness of grey nomads to engage in particular types of program, to work with selected outback towns to identify areas of need that could be filled by such a program, and to pilot several such programs over a two year period.

Keywords: regional development, volunteering, productive ageing, social capital, grey nomads, social policy,

FOR Codes: Social and Community Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Ageing, Recreation, Regional planning, The aged, Urban and Regional Studies, Ageing and Older People, Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)