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New book chapter exploring the role of volunteers who deliver public services

Volunteers have always made a massive contribution to our public services, but they are likely to become even more important in the future.

IVR’s Matthew Hill and the TSRC’s Angela Ellis Paine have co-written a chapter in a new book on public services that argues that the role of volunteers in third sector organisations that deliver public services has become narrower and more circumscribed over time as the logics that shape volunteering have shifted. The chapter is part of a timely edited volume exploring the role of voluntary sector organisations in public service delivery more widely.

You can purchase the book from the Policy Press website, and read a blog on it by James Rees of Open University.


Latest volunteering data shows no change in rates of volunteering

The latest figures from the government’s Community Life Survey were released on 20 July 2016. They show that 41% of people reported volunteering formally (through a group, club, or organisation) at least once a year, and 27% of people did so at least once a month. These figures have not changed since the previous year and continue to show stability in rates of volunteering. For further commentary on the data and what this means, read Nick Ockenden’s blog.


New research to compare hospital volunteering in the UK and Canada

We're delighted to announce that IVR will be working with researchers from the University of Toronto to undertake a piece of work examining the role of volunteering in helping patients in their transition back to their home. A researcher from Canada will be visiting us later in the year, but if you’d like to know more, have examples you’d like to share, or potentially would be keen to get involved as a case study, please either email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Youth leadership and employability: new research briefing available

A new research briefing exploring the potential of leadership programmes in boosting the employability skills of young people is now available.

The research draws on findings from the first year of an evaluation looking at the impact of the Asda Active Sports Leaders programme, a three year initiative, delivered in partnership between Sports Leaders UK, Asda, Spirit of 2012 and ukactive, which aims to create long lasting behavioural change in favour of greater physical activity, specifically in young people.

Those young people completing Sports Leaders UK courses (which include a certain number of volunteering hours) identified positive changes in their confidence and development of ‘employability skills’, including communication and team work. The briefing highlights the need for sports leadership programmes to provide learners with practical real life experiences of leadership, and opportunities for learners to reflect on their learning as well as the need to engage with employers in programme development.


New training session on how to assess the impact of your volunteers 24 February

Date: 24 February 2016
Time: 9.30 – 16.30
Location: Manchester, M1 3HF

We recently launched the third edition of the Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit (VIAT) which can help you measure and demonstrate the impact of volunteering. 

This new training event will help equip you with the skills and confidence to use the toolkit in your own organisation. 

The workshop will give you step-by-step guidance on how to use the VIAT to assess the impact your volunteers are having on your organisation, your beneficiaries, and themselves, as well as on the wider community and other stakeholders. 

Book your place


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