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Happy to help: NHS volunteering in Covid-19 times
Christian Krekel
October 2021
Paper No' CEPCP617:
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CentrePiece 26 (3) Autumn 2021

Tags: covid-19; wellbeing; health; healthcare; subjective wellbeing; volunteering; pro-social action; quasi-natural experiment; social welfare analysis;

The Covid-19 crisis prompted thousands to register as NHS Volunteer Responders, helping vulnerable people with small daily tasks like shopping. Christian Krekel and colleagues find big increases in wellbeing among those who took part in the programme, with effects lasting long after the time spent volunteering had ended.

This article summarises 'Happy to help: The welfare effects of a nationwide micro-volunteering programme' by Paul Dolan, Christian Krekel, Ganga Shreedhar, Helen Lee, Claire Marshall and Allison Smith, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1772.