Policy Press

Mobilising Voluntary Action in the UK

Learning from the Pandemic

Edited by Irene Hardill, Jurgen Grotz and Laura Crawford

Published

Oct 18, 2022

Page count

202 pages

ISBN

978-1447367222

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Oct 18, 2022

Page count

202 pages

ISBN

978-1447367246

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Mobilising Voluntary Action in the UK
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The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the landscape of voluntary action. Some volunteering projects had to be paused, while others were delivered in different ways, but across all four UK nations large numbers of people began volunteering for the first time.

This book provides an overview of the constraints and opportunities of mobilising voluntary action across the four UK nations during the pandemic. Sector experts and academics examine the divergent voluntary action policy frameworks adopted, the state and non-state supported volunteer responses, the changes in the profile of volunteers and the plans to sustain their involvement.

This book addresses the urgent policy and practice need for evidence-based considerations to support recovery from the pandemic and to prepare for future emergencies.

"The book transcends the prevailing Angiocentric bias in British social policy, showing the ideological and institutional differences between the four nations of the UK that shaped how the voluntary sector responded to the pandemic...The book then impressively charts the different pathways taken by the four nations." Social Policy & Administration

“This is a meticulously researched, insightful and highly readable volume on the far-reaching impact of the pandemic on voluntary action in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland." Paul Chaney, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD)

“This engaging, highly readable book provides important insights into variations in voluntary action across the UK’s four nations. Whilst focusing on responses to COVID-19, its findings have much wider relevance.” Angela Ellis Paine, University of Birmingham

Irene Hardill is Professor of Public Policy at Northumbria University.

Jurgen Grotz is Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research at the University of East Anglia.

Laura Crawford is Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

1. Researching in a pandemic - Laura Crawford, Irene Hardill and Jurgen Grotz

2. Voluntary action and the pandemic across the UK - Ewen Speed, Laura Crawford and Alasdair Rutherford

3. England - Eddy Hogg, Joanna Stuart, Amy McGarvey and Catherine Goodall

4. Northern Ireland - Denise Hayward, Nick Acheson, Andrew Hanna and Martina McKnight

5. Scotland - Matthew Linning and Debbie Maltman

6. Wales - James Lundie, Sally Rees and Rhys Dafydd Jones

7. The road(s) to recovery? Discussion and conclusion - Laura Crawford, Irene Hardill and Jurgen Grotz