Volunteer work with vulnerable persons in the community - a study about inclusion

Kasper Kruithof, Jeanine Suurmond, Doortje Kal en Janneke Harting

Performing work is regarded as a key factor in the social inclusion of vulnerable persons. However, such social inclusion appears to be problematic in both mainstream and segregated settings. We aimed to examine whether volunteer work in integrated settings could be a suitable alternative. In a case study, we interviewed 13 vulnerable persons who were enabled—through a “Quarter Making” intervention—to perform volunteer work in a community setting. Data were analyzed using concepts from social epidemiology and social sciences.

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The Value of Inequality - Gustaaf Bos and Doortje Kal

Commentary in Social Inclusion 2016, Volume 4

What does it mean if we want people with intellectual and/or psychiatric disabilities to participate in our society? Based on which idea(l)s about humanity do we define equality and equivalence? How much space is left for individual differences? In the following dialogue the two authors navigate the tension between similarity and difference in thinking about - and working towards - more space for marginalized people.

Kwartiermaken, creating space for otherness - Doortje Kal

A good society is more than just a private affair - Jef van Eijken, Hans van Ewijk, Harrie Staatsen (ed.)

Background In their book Arbeidsrehabilitatie in een vernieuwde geestelijke gezondheidszorg , Jaap van Weeghel and Jacques Zeelen (1990) introduce the concept of kwartiermaken. They define this concept as the efforts aimed at visualizing, making accessible and, if needed, adapting social work situations. In my opinion this concept also applies to other situations. It is about making (work- or other) places suitable not just for the individual client, but likewise setting out a collective environment strategy for the humanization of work or of society as a whole.

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Recovering Care - Jean Pierre Wilken

A contribution to a good theory and practice of good care

What is good care for people with psychiatric disabilities? This is the central question in this book. A question which can best be answered by the persons with disabilities themselves. After all, they are the ones who know what life with a disability means and how professional services can support them to take care of the disability and to help them live a meaningful life. Over the last decades studies in many different countries documenting experiential knowledge of people with psychiatric disabilities are providing more and more insights in the phenomena of recovery. Recovery is a process in which the person is learning to live with the disability or even to overcome the disability, to an extent that meaningful social roles in the community can be fulfilled. This book offers an overview of the current knowledge about recovery in mental health. It also describes the results of a narrative study in the Netherlands, which adds new insights into phenomena of the process of recovery and the factors which contribute to recovery. The study also provides insights about how mental health services can contribute to recovery. On the basis of a thorough analyses of the experiential data, the author has developed a theory and practice of ‘good care’. This offers an exciting new framework for professionals working in the field of long term care.

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