Episode 19 – Special Edition: Pausing volunteering during the pandemic

05 August 2021

This special edition sees us stepping beyond the EARC universities to talk to charities about how the pandemic has affected their volunteering work. We are doing so as part of the Mobilising Voluntary Action: Learning from Today, Prepared for Tomorrow research project, funded by the ESRC. The project is led by Irene Hardill (Northumbria University) and involves academics at all three EARC universities:

  • Jurgen Grotz, the Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) at the University of East Anglia;
  • Eddy Hogg, a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent;
  • Ewen Speed, Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Essex.

In this episode EARC Director Phil Ward talks to the following people who explain how their charities have coped with having to ‘pause’ volunteering during the pandemic.

  • Tiger De Souza (National Trust)
  • Ian Marshall (1st Bangor Boys Brigade) 
  • David Wellwood (Lurgan RFC)
  • Peita McAllister (Malone RFC)
  • Stephanie Walls (Aberdeen Arts Centre)

You can listen to the podcast below, or via iTunes and Spotify.


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