The Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) is a Research Centre at the University of East Anglia

IVR was set up in 1997 to undertake high quality research on volunteering. It started out as a department of Volunteering England, 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.

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.




IVR has created a series of short animations on volunteering for beginners


Volunteering for Beginners in seven and a half minutes


And if you haven’t got seven and a half minutes, here are short videos on

What is volunteering?


Where and how can I volunteer?


What difference does volunteering make?


What are the benefits for the volunteer?


What does IVR do?