A Route into Employment: Community Self-Help as a Springboard

  • Danny Burns
  • Colin C. Williams
  • Jan Windebank


One of the main reasons why community self-help is advocated by policy makers is that it offers a possible route into employment (e.g. Home Office, 1999). This it is argued will reduce social exclusion and will in turn reduce pressure on the welfare state. The aim of this chapter is to critically evaluate both the extent to which self-help and mutual aid currently fulfil this role and their potential to do so. To do this we explore in turn: self-help activities; one-to-one exchanges between kin, friends and neighbours; volunteering and organised forms of mutual aid.


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© Danny Burns, Colin C. Williams and Jan Windebank 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Danny Burns
    • 1
  • Colin C. Williams
    • 2
  • Jan Windebank
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandUK
  2. 2.University of LeicesterUK
  3. 3.University of SheffieldUK

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