Red Cross Voluntary Service Research

Funding: Australian Red Cross
Duration:May 2015 – April 2016
Location: Galiwin’ku, Wurrumiyanga, Darwin

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This project is interested in the unpaid work that people do in Aboriginal communities caring for their family and places, and about how Red Cross can better support volunteer work in remote communities.

Researchers from The Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University will be working with elders and small teams of local co-researchers in each of the project sites to:

  • To understand how voluntary service plays a role in community building
  • Detail ways in which voluntary service activity institutionalised in differing ways in different traditions of knowledge and governance
  • Develop accounts of voluntary service work in the past and the present
  • Recommend ways in which the Australian Red Cross may work with Indigenous volunteers and research organisations in the future