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The Contribution of Church-Based Networks to Social Care in the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond: The Case of Pastoral da Pessoa Idosa in Brazil

KEVERN, Peter, Lopes, Ruth, Barroso, Aurea, Corte, Beltrina and Lucena, Carolina (2020) The Contribution of Church-Based Networks to Social Care in the Coronavirus Pandemic and Beyond: The Case of Pastoral da Pessoa Idosa in Brazil. Religions. ISSN 20771444 (In Press)

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Abstract: The Pastoral da Pessoa Idosa (PPI) is a national voluntary movement linked to CNBB (the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil) comprising about 2500 volunteers, who offer guidance and support for well-being to more than 170,000 older people throughout Brazil. This paper analyses the results of a data gathering exercise designed to gain an overview of the scope, support needs and international transferability of the project in ‘normal’ times and during the coronavirus pandemic. A telephone questionnaire comprising 21 questions was launched nationally among PPI volunteers over a single week in May 2020. The dataset (n=3888) was subjected to exploratory statistical analysis and key findings collated around three guiding questions. The central findings were, first, that the composition of the body of volunteers is changing , requiring changes to training and support; secondly, that the model may be exportable to other middle-income countries in which the Catholic Church does not have the same dominance over the culture, as long as a national organising structure is in place; and finally that the speedy and flexible response of PPI to the coronavirus pandemic suggests that this type of NGO will have a role in response to future national crises.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Social Work and Social Welfare
Depositing User: Peter KEVERN
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2020 15:08
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2020 15:08
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6545

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