The changing landscape of voluntary sector counselling in Scotland

Liz Bondi

in Landscapes of voluntarism

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302650 | DOI:
The changing landscape of voluntary sector counselling in Scotland

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This chapter discusses the evolution of voluntary sector counselling in Scotland that led up to the picture summarised in the 1989 directory in the framework of shifts that have characterized the voluntary sector. It explains how and why counselling was eagerly taken up by voluntary sector organisations in the 1980s and considers how and why counselling was redefined in rather narrower terms in the 1990s. Despite the progressive reduction in grants available for social welfare interventions, as the British government shifted the emphasis of urban policy to economic initiatives, the appeal of counselling continued to grow through the 1980s and into the 1990s. One factor was the use of a flexible definition of counselling that allowed it to be assimilated into a wide range of services, and another was a broadly sympathetic cultural and political context. The chapter also explains the changing geography and the changing role of volunteering in voluntary sector counselling provision in Scotland. It illustrates how processes at work within the voluntary sector in general — especially those associated with professionalisation — are played out within one arena of voluntary sector action.

Keywords: counselling; Scotland; geography; professionalisation; voluntary sector; social welfare interventions

Chapter.  7382 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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