Within charity organisations focusing on health and social issues in England volunteers often perform complex roles supporting vulnerable groups of people. Training has long been recognised as an important part of the volunteer process, however few studies have examined the learning experienced by volunteers within such training. This study will draw upon sociocultural theories of learning to fill the current gap in research on learning within this context. Using a multiple case study this research intends to explore volunteer training as more than the transmission of fixed knowledge and skills, and aims to reconceptualise it as learning through participation and negotiation in practices that enables individual and collective transformation.
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