Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has been hosting weekly webinars with both national networks of volunteer involving organisations and local volunteer centres. The webinars have provided a forum for information sharing regarding the implications of COVID-19 for volunteering, at both a national and local level. An informal Evidence Group has been set up to feed into the wider network, to help ensure that the group can learn from existing evidence as well as shape new evidence collection on volunteering and COVID-19.
Click here for more information and if you want to join the Evidence Group’s regular online meetings.
Click here for information about the COVID-19 and voluntary action: research repository, maintained by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN), a partner in the Volunteering and COVID-19 evidence group.
There are also several existing surveys that we can draw on to help us think about what questions we might use in the current context. Click here for links to the surveys that we think can usefully act as a question bank for everyone to draw on.
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.