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NVCO research: Time Well Spent: Impact of Covid-19 On the Volunteer Experience 

Volunteers are at risk of burnout due to the pressures of the pandemic, according to a report from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), published this week.

Time Well Spent: Impact of Covid-19 On the Volunteer Experience found that health was a major barrier to volunteering during the pandemic, which led to a shift to online activities. It says some volunteers felt guilty during the pandemic because they were unable to help as much as they wanted, which has led to emotional fatigue and burnout.

Time Well Spent is an NCVO research programme which focuses on the volunteer experience. It aims to provide rich, practical insight that will inform debate within the sector and strengthen the impact of volunteering.

NCVO is urging charities to prioritise supporting and rebuilding the emotional wellbeing of volunteers before asking them to continue or return.

You can read the report here.