On these pages you can find evidence and resources relating to volunteering.

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What Works Wellbeing (2019) What Works Wellbeing: volunteer wellbeing resources


NCVO (2020) Time Well Spent: A national survye on the volunteer experience

Linning, M., & Jackson, G. (2018). Volunteering, Health and Wellbeing. What does the evidence tell us.

Systematic reviews

Hoye, R., & Kappelides, P. (2021). The psychological contract and volunteering: A systematic review. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 31(4), 665-691.

Southby, K., South, J., & Bagnall, A. M. (2019). A rapid review of barriers to volunteering for potentially disadvantaged groups and implications for health inequalities. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 30(5), 907-920.

Niebuur, J., van Lente, L., Liefbroer, A. C., Steverink, N., & Smidt, N. (2018). Determinants of participation in voluntary work: a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal cohort studies. BMC public health, 18(1), 1-30.

Milbourn, B., Saraswati, J., & Buchanan, A. (2018). The relationship between time spent in volunteering activities and quality of life in adults over the age of 50 years: A systematic review. British journal of occupational therapy, 81(11), 613-623.

Southby, K., & South, J. (2016). Volunteering, inequalities and barriers to volunteering: a rapid evidence review.

Hyde, M. K., Dunn, J., Scuffham, P. A., & Chambers, S. K. (2014). A systematic review of episodic volunteering in public health and other contexts. BMC public health, 14(1), 1-16.

Jenkinson, C. E., Dickens, A. P., Jones, K., Thompson-Coon, J., Taylor, R. S., Rogers, M., … & Richards, S. H. (2013). Is volunteering a public health intervention? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the health and survival of volunteers. BMC public health, 13(1), 1-10.

Hallett, C., Klug, G., Lauber, C., & Priebe, S. (2012). Volunteering in the care of people with severe mental illness: a systematic review. BMC psychiatry, 12(1), 1-11.

Smith, K., & Cordery, C. J. (2010). What works? A systematic review of research and evaluation literature on encouragement and support of volunteering. A Systematic Review of Research and Evaluation Literature on Encouragement and Support of Volunteering (June 14, 2010).

Primary papers

Dayson, C., Harris, C., & Woodward, A. (2021). Voluntary sector interventions to address loneliness and mental health in older people: taking account of emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Perspectives in Public Health

de Wit, A., Mensink, W., Einarsson, T., & Bekkers, R. (2019). Beyond service production: Volunteering for social innovation. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 48(2_suppl), 52S-71S.

Creaven, A. M., Healy, A., & Howard, S. (2018). Social connectedness and depression: Is there added value in volunteering?. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35(10), 1400-1417.

Abdallah S, Wheatley H, Quick, A. (2017) Drivers of Wellbeing Inequality Bogonovi F. Doing well by doing good: the relationship between formal volunteering and self-reported health and happiness. Soc Sci Med : 66(11):2321-34

Morrow-Howell N, Hinterlong J, Rozario P, et al. (2003) Effects of volunteering on the wellbeing of older adults. J Gerontol Soc Sci 2003;58B(S137-S145)

Thoits P, Hewitt L (2001) Volunteer work and well-being. J Health Soc Behaviour;2(2):115-31.


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