Social action volunteering, or activism, is similar to non-formal volunteering in that people come together around a shared interest. However social action volunteers generally have a passion for bringing about defined changes, and these may not be limited to their local community.
These groups may be relatively unstructured like non-formal groups, but often the need to achieve particular outcomes will lead to a certain level of structure and defined roles.
Social action groups are often driven by the motivation and interests of their volunteers, who are usually passionate about their particular cause.
Some examples of social action volunteering include:
- Volunteering for an environmental group
- Political lobbying groups
- Lobbying for change for a specific target group of people or cause