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October 2020

Theory of Change for volunteer wellbeing

Theory of Change for volunteer wellbeing
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Theory of Change for volunteer wellbeing

Most people in Great Britain – around seven in ten – formally volunteer through a group, club or organisation at some point in their lives.

This work looks at what impact volunteering has on the person volunteering, and the relationship between volunteering and wellbeing.

The briefing shares the findings and introduces a theory of change which shows how and why volunteering might lead to changes in the subjective wellbeing of volunteers. Both of these can be downloaded at the top of the page.

Find out more about volunteering and wellbeing here.

Suggested citation:

Stuart, J., Kamerāde, D., Connolly, S., Ellis Paine, A., Nichols, G. and Grotz, J. (2020) The Impacts of Volunteering on the Subjective Wellbeing of Volunteers: A Rapid Evidence Assessment, What Works Centre for Wellbeing and Spirit of 2012 [online] What Works Centre for Wellbeing. Available at:
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