Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) Online Day Conference, 20th November 2020, 12:15

Volunteering in Health and Social Care in the context of COVID-19: making a difference in a complex landscape of rising demand.

VSSN’s next day conference will take place on 20th November 2020, hosted by the Institute for Volunteering Research at University of East Anglia in Norwich. We will explore volunteering in health and social care in the context of COVID-19, considering the opportunities and challenges encountered in a complex landscape of rising demand and the difference volunteering makes.

Pressures are growing on volunteer-involving organisations, locally based community organisations and social enterprises to respond to increasing and diverse demands for volunteers to provide health and social care services in the context of COVID-19. These range from national campaigns to recruit large numbers of new volunteers for a variety of new tasks and settings, to the need for social prescribing and increased community involvement.

This day conference specifically aims to explore:

  • the current context of volunteering in health and social care,
  • the current policy drivers
  • new and innovative approaches now being promoted to deal with demand,
  • what difference volunteering makes to health and social care, volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and wider society.


We will invite speakers who have submitted abstracts to the postponed day conference. We will also invite two speaker to further contextualise their contributions. This means there will be no further call for abstracts. The format of the event will mirror the sessions at this years VSVR conference, albeit with fewer speakers per session.


12:15 – 12:45                Annual General Meeting

12:45 – 13:00                Participants log in

13:00 – 13:10                Welcome and Introduction (Ali Body)

13:10 – 14:00                Two presentations and questions from chat room

14:00 – 14:30                Break

14:30 – 15:20                Two presentations and questions from chat room

15:20 – 15:30                Short Break

15:30 – 15:50                Speaker Panel with questions from chat room

15:50 – 16:00                Closing and Thank you.

Bookings are now open and we will confirm attendance with full programme in week commencing 2nd November.

Attending the event

VSSN aims to promote an understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research. The event is aimed at researchers, academics, doctoral students and practitioners in voluntary organisations or foundations interested in the UK voluntary sector. We also welcome policymakers and practitioners engaged in relevant fields. We are always pleased to meet and receive contributions from colleagues in similar settings in other countries. The working language is English.



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