2.10 Current debates and reforms
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Finland Cares, a collaborative campaign between the Prime Minister’s Office and several organisations, draws attention to how essential volunteer work is for the welfare state’s safety net and highlights the contributions of organisations and their volunteers during the prolonged COVID-19 crisis. The Finland Cares campaign is part of the Finland Forward project, which aims to support the ability of people and society to cope with crises and to strengthen psychological resilience through communication. See more in the Press Release of the Government on August 16th 2021 entitled: 'Finland Cares campaign highlights the role of volunteer work in coping with crises.'
Citizen Forum, an information and development centre for volunteering, published a handbook in 2019 called ‘Handbook for young people’s volunteering’ (in Finnish). It is targeted at organisations that would like to attract more young people to working as volunteers, as well as gives advice on how to motivate and work with young people. The handbook reflects the experiences from the forum’s ‘ I help — young people in volunteering (2017-2019 project (in Finnish)’ which was funded by STEA — the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations operating in connection to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The main target group the handbook addresses is young people under 18 years old.