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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.

Kickstarting a New Volunteer Revolution research series

We want to see a nation where volunteering is part of everyone’s life:

First Timers: Kickstarting a New Volunteer Revolution

Explores first-time volunteering and makes recommendations for ways to encourage more individuals to volunteer for the first time.

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Social Mobility: Unleashing the Power of Volunteering

Examines the motivations, attitudes, benefits, routes and barriers to volunteering, and discusses the implications for civic life and society.

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Volunteering for a Healthier Britain

Sets out how boosting civic participation can tackle health inequalities.

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Reimagining Social Care: The Role of Active Citizenship

Discovers how volunteering in social care settings boosts wellbeing, mood, and cognitive function amongst residents.

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Recent research

Research reports written or commissioned by Royal Voluntary Service

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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Volunteering, COVID and Integrated Care

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

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Principles of Volunteering

Written by Royal Voluntary Service CEO, 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.