Nye Stemmer i Røde Kors

Troels Østergaard

Student thesis: Master thesis


Danish Red Cross is activating more than 10.000 volunteers in Denmark in a variety of social activities across the country. Like many other similar organizations, Danish Red Cross is experiencing an increase in responsibilities in the Danish society, which now includes areas that traditionally, have been overseen by the Danish welfare system. As the responsibilities increase, so do the demands and expectations in regards to how well the organizations document the outcome of their social activities. Along with new responsibilities and demands follows new tools and methods. In this thesis, my aim is to investigate the pros and cons that surface as Danish Red Cross initiates a method for developing their activities, which includes a far greater involvement of volunteers and the target group for their specific activities. After having conducted my phenomenological inspired analysis my conclusion is rather clear. I believe that the positive outcome of this greater involvement far exceeds the problems that arise. In sum all the positive outcomes seem to share the fact, that in one way or another, they stem from an increased dialogue between the employees of Danish Red Cross, the volunteers and the target group. One of the most interesting findings of this thesis is that the specific process from the pilot experiment, on its own seems to be useful in order to better enable the target group, to handle the challenges that they face. My findings thus indicate that this specific method deserves to be regarded as an equally important part of the relief work, as the activities it is meant to develop. That being said, there seems to be a critical issue in terms of securing the financial resources needed, to sustain the continued work with the method. Therefore I suggest, and sincerely hope that Danish Red Cross will look at financing alternatives, in order to be able to carry on and further develop this method of involvement.

EducationsMSc in Psychology, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2014
Number of pages76