: *they* presumably wanted you off the dole queue and creating your own means to survival. *they* are also usually beaurocrats whose purpose is shrouded in red tape, loopholes and endless fallbacks. Really you should be free to as much voluntary work as you like, but not at other peoples expense.
But if I was working I wouldn't be creating my own means of survival, I would be libving to labour on someone elses bahalf, living at the expense of my employer. The sole question being profitability- is helping children profitable? no- don't do it, go work in a spam factory.
: They have so far, so I imagine they would continue. The word 'work' does also mean self sustaining action. A zebra is at work all the time.
Indeed, and it would be the communality that would encourage people to join in...
: Fine, avoid away, but not at others expense.
Ah, but whose expense- well, workers don't pay tax, so its at the expense of the capitalist class, frankly, I don't care about their expenses.
Work should be about the good of society, not the profits of a tiny few.