Pandemic led to shift in who volunteers and how they do so, says research

From Civil Society

Some charities benefited from an influx of new volunteers during the pandemic, while others had to pause their activities, according to new research. The latest Respond, Recover, Reset report from NCVO, Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University found a “mixed” picture for charities and other organisations that work with volunteers.

Between 19 and 26 April, 579 organisations took part in a survey. Two-thirds were registered charities, 20% said they were limited companies, and 11% were community interest companies or voluntary associations.

Nearly a quarter of respondents, 24%, said they had experienced an increase in volunteering. This is attributed to existing volunteers having more free time and to new people getting involved.

However, 36% said there had been a decline. This was due to social distancing, restrictions on what services can run and vulnerable volunteers needing to shield.

This is the seventh wave of the project and the focus on volunteering comes a week before Volunteers’ Week.

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