Volunteering and wellbeing evidence assessment

About Volunteering and wellbeing evidence assessment

Volunteering makes a huge contribution to local communities, and place-based community projects.

Later this year, we will be publishing the findings of a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) to identify, collate and appraise the evidence on wellbeing impact of volunteering interventions.

Around 40% of people in the UK volunteer at least once a year, with a quarter volunteering once a month. When considering informal volunteering – giving unpaid help to someone who is not a relative – over half of adults volunteer in this way every year.

Our research will answer the following questions to improve how a range of organisations support volunteer wellbeing:

  • What are the wellbeing impacts of volunteering, and does it affect different populations differently?
  • What are the key mechanisms by which wellbeing outcomes are achieved for volunteers, and are these generalisable across different contexts and people?
  • What types of volunteering are particularly associated with wellbeing outcomes?
  • What are the barriers or enablers to improving wellbeing through volunteering?

The Rapid Evidence Review is currently out to tender. If you are interested in applying, view the full tender.

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External resource

  • JUMP projects Happy Days volunteer report
  • Co-op Community Wellbeing Index
  • Thriving Places Index