Volunteers’ week of appreciation and reflection Volunteers’ week of appreciation and reflection

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the four nations of the UK and around the globe, through volunteering as service, as leisure and as participation in our communities and democracies. This year due to coronavirus many planned activities for Volunteers' Week have been cancelled for safety reasons and to enable organisations to focus their resources on responding to the pandemic.

IVR joins the salutes to all those volunteers out there in these difficult times, helping respond to the pandemic and helping to maintain what normality we can. We will be sharing their stories and helping to share their messages. This is, unfortunately, a time not just for acting but also for reflecting and IVR will provide opportunities for thinking about where we stand and were we might be going. Finally, we must think about all those volunteers who are currently not able to be out there, doing what plays such a large part in their lives and the lives of those they volunteer with. 

This year, IVR will try to support Volunteer’s Week efforts by:

  • helping to share the various messages through retweeting IVRtweets;
  • providing some reflective observations in blogs; Jules Alderson, Sophie Rainbird, Jurgen Grotz, and;
  • amplifying a heartfelt message of appreciation and concern for all those wanting to - but currently unable to - volunteer.

To all those who, because of the pandemic, miss volunteering, the social interaction, the feelings of achievement, satisfaction and being involved, and the joy these activities bring, IVR will say on your behalf and encourage others to join us in saying:




Duncan Scott died on Monday 18th May, after a severe stroke. A long serving senior academic at Manchester University he was one of the pioneers who developed the new academic field of voluntary sector studies in the 1990s and who made a significant contribution to the work of IVR in the 2000s.


Duncan was one of the small group of scholars who participated in a series of seminars hosted by Margaret Harris and Colin Rochester at the LSE’s Centre for Voluntary Organisation from 1993-96. The organisers and the funders (the ESRC) hoped that the participants would help to create an academic community that would support the emergence of a new field of activity. The successful outcome was the creation of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network. Duncan epitomised the collegiate spirit that made this development possible: he brought to it a commitment that encouraged and supported the other participants; he drew on his experience of working with voluntary organisations as well his intellectual capital; and he enlivened the proceedings with his well developed sense of humour.


Duncan continued to mentor and support growing numbers of students and colleagues in the field of voluntary action as well as making his own important contribution to its literature. One of his many services to this wider field was his role as chair of the Advisory Group of IVR from 2006 to 2011 a period of considerable change and turbulence within Volunteering England and outside of it. During this period Duncan offered wise advice, strong support and clear guidance to the staff of IVR while also providing informed and helpful leadership to the rather disparate group of people who comprised the members of its advisory group.



The many people in the world of voluntary action who knew Duncan and benefitted from his support and advice know that his death will leave an irreplaceable gap in their lives. And they will mourn the loss of one of the most convivial of companions and staunchest of friends.

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Covid-19 volunteering efforts need to be better coordinated - relying on local experience and knowledge, says Dr Jurgen Grotz, Director of the Institute for Voluteering Research. Read the full press release by clicking here.


IVR has been commissioned by What Works Centre for Wellbeing along with Spirit of 2012 Trust to undertake a Rapid Evidence Assessment about Volunteering and Wellbeing specifically looking at the impact of volunteering on the volunteers themselves. IVR is delighted to work with colleagues at UEA and three other universities.

For more information please contact IVR

IVR Symposium presentations IVR Symposium presentations

"From shaking tins to climbing Everest: the changing landscape of volunteer fundraising" 24 January 2020

The Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) at the University of East Anglia and

the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent hosted a symposium to

discuss the changing role of volunteers in fundraising, as part of a new series of

IVR research programme events.


Jurgen Grotz: Introduction


Colin Rochester: "No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Issues and Challenges for Volunteer Fundraisers"


Beth Breeze: "The Perfect Partnership? The Role of volunteers in fundraising"


Chris Wade: "From shaking tins to climbing Everest: the changing landscape of volunteer fundraising"

Seminar Presentation Seminar Presentation

"Volunteering in health and social care - the potential, the challenge".  Dr Jurgen Grotz, Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UEA.

Slides from the presentation are also available to view