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@article{Mao2020WhatHW, title={What have we learned so far about COVID-19 volunteering in the UK? A rapid review of the literature}, author={Guanlan Mao and Maria Fernandes‐Jesus and Evangelos Ntontis and John Drury}, journal={medRxiv}, year={2020}, url={https://api.semanticscholar.org/CorpusID:227127119}}
  • Guanlan Mao, Maria Fernandes‐Jesus, J. Drury
  • Published in medRxiv 23 November 2020
  • Sociology

Findings suggest that food shopping and emotional support were the most common activities, but there were diverse models of organisation and coordination in COVID-19 volunteering and important factors for fostering community engagement and COVID volunteering are identified.

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    The British journal of social psychology

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Abstract Mutual aid groups have allowed community members to respond collectively to the COVID‐19 pandemic, providing essential support to the vulnerable. While research has begun to explore the

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Social Ties and Collective Efficacy as Predictors of Volunteering
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    Community Development

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Volunteering has been defined as any activity to which (1) an individual devotes their free time; and (2) a second person or group receives a benefit (Wilson, 2000). This definition includes a large

Doing it for us: Community identification predicts willingness to receive a COVID‐19 vaccination via perceived sense of duty to the community
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    Sociology, Psychology

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This is the first study to apply Social Identity Approach principles to the study of COVID‐19 vaccination willingness, which predicted people's strength of identification with their local community would positively predict their willingness to engage in community‐related prosocial normative behaviour.

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Are neighbourhoods age-friendly? Experiences of older Surinamese adults in the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic
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From the ‘Fragile Rationalist’ to ‘Collective Resilience': What Human Psychology Has Taught Us about the Covid-19 Pandemic and What the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Taught Us about Human Psychology
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    The journal of the Royal College of Physicians of…

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It is shown that the Covid-19 pandemic has illustrated the remarkable collective resilience of individuals when brought together as a community by the common experience of crisis, and underpins the importance of developing leadership and policies that enhance rather than weaken such emergent social identity.

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School and Employment-Related Barriers for Youth and Young Adults with and without a Disability during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area
    S. LindsayHiba Ahmed

    Education, Sociology


  • 2021

It is highlighted that youth and young adults with disabilities may need further support in engaging in meaningful and accessible vocational activities that align with their career pathway.

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    Olha BaidarovaAnastasia Dulgerova


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The COVID-19 pandemic has become a serious challenge for Ukrainian society and has affected all spheres of activity, including volunteer activities of citizens. This article presents the results of

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Learning from pandemics: Applying resilience thinking to identify priorities for planning urban settlements
    Shruti Syal

    Environmental Science, Sociology

  • 2021
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The predictors of volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic may be slightly different from other non-emergency period.

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    What impact did Covid-19 have on the UK? ›

    Summary. The pandemic caused a severe recession, with an unprecedented drop in GDP during the first national lockdown in 2020. As businesses and consumers adapted, subsequent lockdowns in autumn 2020 and winter 2020/21 did not lead to as severe a decline in economic activity.

    How did people volunteer during COVID? ›

    Coming from a wide range of backgrounds, volunteers responded to various needs: from helping the elderly, to supporting the disabled, migrants, school children as well as organzing food banks. “It is one of the few positive effects of Covid-19,” says Isabelle Persoz, President of Tous Bénévoles.

    How has COVID impacted the world? ›

    The COVID-19 Pandemic has altered human existence's political, environmental, and economic elements, which affect psychological growth and sustainability. This impacts people's living standards and quality of life. The COVID-19 era resulted in social problems and international crises in the early 2020's (30).

    Is COVID still a problem in the UK? ›

    COVID-19 prevalence across the UK remains low, according to this latest data. However, some people – particularly those who are older or more clinically vulnerable - are still experiencing severe illness and hospitalisation as a result of COVID-19 infection.

    How has COVID-19 affected the healthcare system in the UK? ›

    Health services across the UK entered the pandemic with a significant backlog of care. Waiting times for diagnostics and elective care were increasing, while access to emergency care was worsening. Across the health services, targets were being missed with growing frequency.

    How has volunteering changed over the years? ›

    Many features of volunteering have been consistent over time, but there have been some notable changes, including greater participation by the young and the old and a sharp decline in volunteer rates for people lacking a college education.

    Why is volunteering declining? ›

    A strong labor market, a rising percentage of older workers and shifting social trends suggest the volunteer dearth will persist. Volunteers are a “core part of what helps the nonprofit engine run,” says Rick Cohen, chief operating officer of the National Council of Nonprofits.

    How do volunteers impact society? ›

    Volunteering fosters social connections and strengthens community bonds. When individuals come together with a common purpose, they create a sense of belonging and unity. Volunteers collaborate with like-minded individuals, forming friendships and networks that extend beyond the volunteering experience.

    Which country copes best with COVID? ›

    Countries with the fewest COVID-19 deaths per million people
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    What impact did COVID have on the economy? ›

    Real gross domestic product (GDP) early in the pandemic fell abruptly to 9 percent below its level at the start of the recession — a much steeper decline than the nearly 4 percent drop in the deepest part of the Great Recession.

    What did COVID-19 cause in society? ›

    In addition to impacts on physical health, COVID-19 has also caused dramatic psychological effects, major disorders, and other negative side effects, such as stress, anxiety, depression, and fear (Li et al. 2020; Bendau et al. 2021; Akbari et al. 2021).

    What are the lasting effects of Covid UK? ›

    The most common symptoms of long COVID are:
    • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
    • feeling short of breath.
    • problems with your memory and concentration ("brain fog")
    • heart palpitations.
    • dizziness.
    • joint pain and muscle aches.

    How did England react to COVID-19? ›

    The UK failed to act quickly in response to the emergence of COVID-19. There was no clear policy approach at the start of the pandemic, with initial contract tracing abandoned in mid-March and a significant delay before population-wide distancing strategies were introduced. Delays continued throughout 2020.

    How much did COVID cost the UK? ›

    Current estimates of the total cost of government Covid-19 measures range from about £310 billion to £410 billion. This is the equivalent of about £4,600 to £6,100 per person in the UK. Official figures show that spending in 2020/21 was about £179 billion higher than had been planned before the pandemic for that year.

    Has the UK recovered from the pandemic? ›

    The latest figures from the ONS indicated that the UK's economy has grown by 1.8% since the pandemic started, whereas the previous estimate was a 0.2% contraction. They also showed that the economy grew by 0.3% in the first three months of this year, up from the 0.1% previously estimated.

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