The Institute for Volunteering Research's 25th anniversary book is now available 

The IVR invites you to celebrate our 25th anniversary by downloading our free e-book "Volunteering, research & the test of experience" by Michael Locke and Jurgen Grotz.

Join us on a guided journey through 25 years of the Institute, with reflections from prominent colleagues, founders and innovators within volunteering research.

Our book is dedicated to Duncan Scott and Pat Gay, pioneers of the IVR, who are sorely missed.

Download now from UEA Publishing Project



Image of Jurgen Grotz and Ruth Leonard's book called Volunteering Involvement

Join us at another free event in February!

Continuing IVR's legacy, we have just launched another book, "Volunteer involvement: An introduction to Theory and Practice" by Jurgen Grotz and Ruth Leonard. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the latest theory and practice for volunteer involvement based on individuals, community strengths and assets.

Special offer - Get 20% off the printed book or eBook!
Enter the following coupon code at checkout on to apply discount: BWvY7gUA5LZ3F4 (Valid Feb 8, 2023 – Mar 8, 2023)

Coinciding with our  book launch, we invite you to our free event, 'Volunteer involvement is... Celebratory launch of 'Volunteer Involvement: An Introduction to Theory and Practice' on 8 February 2023. In this symposium, we'll be exploring the key concepts and knowledge of volunteer involvement, to develop future research activities and priorities with you. Please do sign up and we can continue the conversation around volunteering in our rapidly changing environment.



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.

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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?

What is volunteering?


Where and how can I volunteer?

Where and how can I volunteer?


What difference does it make?

What difference does volunteering make?


What are the benefits?

What are the benefits for the volunteer?


What does IVR do?

What does IVR do?