The Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) was set up in 1997 to undertake high quality research on volunteering.
It started out as a department of Volunteering England in 1997, became part of the research department of NCVO in 2013 and moved to the University of East Anglia in 2019. During the last twenty years, IVR has played a leading role in applied volunteering research involving volunteer organisations, the public sector, private sector and the government.
The new home for the IVR in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMH) helps flag the notable contribution of millions of volunteers in today’s health and social services in the UK.
IVR’s mission is to support and undertake high quality volunteering research to bring about a world in which the power and energy of volunteering and the difference volunteering and volunteering research make to individuals and communities is well understood, so that individuals can be confident and feel safe about their decision to volunteer and communities grow stronger.
PODCAST: VOLUNTEERING ACROSS THE UK DURING THE PANDEMIC
In this podcast by the Eastern Arc, about what we can learn about Voluntary action and Covid-19, you will hear from Jurgen Grotz, the Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) at the University of East Anglia; Eddy Hogg, a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent; Ewen Speed, Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Essex; and Irene Hardill, the principal investigator for the project and Professor of Public Policy at Northumbria University.
YOUTH VOLUNTEERING WEBINAR: PARTICIPATION IN TIMES OF COVID-19
We are pleased to present the recording of our webinar, organised as a collaboration between the Institute for Volunteering Research at the University of East Anglia and the School of Political Science and Public Administration, East China University of Political Science and Law.
On the 30 November 2020 an international panel of representatives from youth volunteer-involving organisations, researchers of youth volunteering, state-supported volunteer initiatives and youth leaders shared thoughts and initiatives to develop a ‘big picture’ on youth volunteer responses and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
new blog post: five things to learn about volunteering in health and social care
The blog expands on five key learning points from an online symposium with Sarah Hanson and Leeds Beckett University, as well as the half-day webinar with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network on the 20th November 2020.
IVR CONTRIBUTES TO CRITICAL DEBATES: TWO NEW JOURNAL ARTICLES BY IVR MEMBERS
Members of IVR have authored two journal articles, which have been published this week:
- Pandemic policy making: the health and wellbeing effects of the cessation of volunteering on older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Exploring disconnected discourses about Patient and Public Involvement and Volunteer Involvement in English health and social care
IVR hostS free half day online webinar
On 20 November 2020, IVR hosted a free half day online webinar for the Voluntary Sector Studies Network with fabulous speakers from Newman University, Leeds Beckett University, UEA and from volunteer involving organisations in Norwich. Volunteering in Health and Social Care in the context of COVID-19: making a difference in a complex landscape of rising demand. We're delighted to provide the recording from session one and session two of this event.
PATIENT AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE RESEARCH LINKED TO VOLUNTEERING
A new book to explain and promote a new approach to Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in health and social care by drawing on wider principles including volunteering has been published, authored by Jurgen Grotz, Mary Ledgard and Fiona Poland. The authors of this “Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Patient and Public Involvement in Health and Social Care Research” are members of the Institute for Volunteering Research and the NIHR ARC East of England Inclusive Involvement in Research theme.
Jurgen says: "I am delighted to have worked with Mary and Fiona on this book which we hope will help people value the time PPI volunteers give freely to support research. We aim to show how PPI volunteers’ commitment and contribution is essential to making research be seen as relevant and connected to people's lives."
Mary says: “The book not only gives a comprehensive history of the development of patient and public involvement over more than a century but gives practical examples of what you need to consider today to make it effective.” Fiona Poland added: “Ensuring the role of PPI volunteers can be respectfully recognised, ensures research can strengthen their inclusive involvement and their collaborative action with communities.”
VOLUNTARY ACTION AND COVID-19 – WHAT WE CAN LEARN AND HOW WE CAN RECOVER
The Institute for Volunteering Research, in a partnership of six UK universities and representatives from a variety of voluntary organisations, including the four key voluntary sector infrastructure bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will compare the volunteering response in each of the UK’s four nations, sharing positive examples with the aim of shaping future policy and supporting the UK’s economic and social recovery.
The full press release is available on the UEA website.
VOLUNTEERING LINKED TO IMPROVED LIFE SATISFACTION, HAPPINESS, AND QUALITY OF LIFE
The Institute for Volunteering Research, with the Spirit of 2012 and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing published new research on 20 October 2020 revealing how volunteering can increase wellbeing, and how charities can avoid volunteer burnout as they plan their responses to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The full press release is available on the UEA website.
IVR delivers presentations at major UK conference
The annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference was held online this year under the theme Times like these’: Researching civil society responses to and recovery from COVID-19.
The slide deck and recording from 7 September 2020 are on the role of Mutual Aid Associations, the slide deck and recording from 8 September 2020 is on the health and wellbeing effects on older volunteers as a result of them having to stop their volunteering during the pandemic.