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Our research & policy work

We are a national charity built on local volunteering. Our role is to inspire and enable volunteers to support people in need in our communities and hospitals.
Our research and policy work is crucial as it can help propel volunteering forward for the benefit of individuals, communities and society and assist us in delivering our charitable activities.
Through sharing our evidence, published reports and policy positions we engage with and seek to influence relevant stakeholders and decision makers regarding the NHS, social care policy and volunteering.
This area of our work is important as it enables decision makers and other interested stakeholders to be informed of the value and opportunities for volunteering when developing relevant policy.
Our recent activity has included the following:

Recent research

Reimagining Social Care – The Role of Active Citizenship, part of the Kickstarting a Volunteering Revolution series of reports by Royal Voluntary Service.

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Discover other recent research reports

Volunteering – a powerful social prescription

This research identifies the impact of volunteering as a social prescribing tool for those living with long-term health conditions.

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Kickstarting a New Volunteer Revolution research reports

Read research reports in our Kickstarting a New Volunteer Revolution series that examines aspects of volunteering during the pandemic.

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Volunteering, COVID and Integrated Care

This report looks volunteering in the NHS, and what’s changed in the last decade and particularly in 2020 as a result of the response to COVID.

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Principles of Volunteering

Written by Royal Voluntary Service Chief Executive Catherine Johnstone CBE, Principles of Volunteering discusses the future of volunteering in Britain.

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Talk to us

We're always happy to share our experiences and discuss new ways we could work together in partnership in the NHS and in the community.