Volunteering and wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic

Published: June 2021 Publication Type: Publication

Author: Victoria Boelman

How was this examined?

To inform this recovery planning, they conducted two studies on the contribution of volunteering to individual and community wellbeing during the pandemic. Firstly, a synthesis of 50 practice-based case studies using a case study synthesis method (Part 1: Learning from practice). And secondly, a rapid evidence review (Part 2: Rapid evidence review), which we conducted here at The Young Foundation. You can read more about the project here and download our contribution here.

About the project

The work is part of a wider project on volunteering and wellbeing conducted between February-March 2021, which also includes a synthesis of volunteering case studies from across Wales, collected by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), and partner organisations.

The project was led by the WCVA, in partnership with the Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) and WLGA. It was funded by the Welsh Government’s Coronavirus Recovery Grant for Volunteering 2020/21. The project builds on the work of the Third Sector Partnership Council’s Covid recovery sub-group, informing the Welsh Government’s work on enabling the voluntary sector and volunteering to contribute to a recovery that supports the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act (2015).

Our wider work on community responses during Covid-19

The Young Foundation has been involved with a number of pieces of research on volunteering and community responses during Covid-19. Recent work includes:
  • Contributing to the evidence bank for the British Academy’s reports into understanding the long-term societal impacts of COVID-19. The Institute for Community Studies examined the social implications of Covid-19 on communities in particular, which you can read more about and download here.
  • Collaborating with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to conduct new research to understand the various ways in which volunteers have been (and continue to be) active within local authority areas across England during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about the project here and results will be published in the coming months.
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