Time for those around us, room for volunteer work

We carry responsibility for those around us by sharing our time with them and helping them in their everyday lives. This is not only a humane thing to do but also invaluable for our national economy.

Many Finns give of their time to help out in organisations and other voluntary pursuits. The basic conditions, particularly long-term funding, for these types of activities must be assured. The burdensome norms and bureaucracy weighing on these societies and organisations must be eliminated. It must be admissible, for example, for volunteers to receive a food allowance and compensation for travel expenses. Volunteer organisations should be given increased access to public facilities and tools.

The expertise of volunteer organisations should be incorporated to a fuller extent. They should more extensively be heard already at the preparatory phase and involved in the reform, planning and production of services.