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Welcome to the Institute for Voluntary Action Research – IVAR. We are an independent charity that works closely with people and organisations striving for social change. From the very small that directly support the most vulnerable in their local communities, to those that work nationally – across the voluntary, public and funding sectors.


We use research to develop practical responses to the challenges faced and create opportunities for people to learn from our findings. This site is home to our bank of research and resources, providing insights that can help organisations adapt to change and make informed and confident decisions.

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14 October 2020

Making ‘relational’ real: Our experience of funding during Covid

Hazel Robertson | Knowledge and Learning Officer - The Robertson Trust

The first in our new series of blogs about learning from funding during Covid, Hazel Robertson reflects on The Robertson Trust's experience of funding during Covid.

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Deborah La Gette & Louise Peacock

12 October 2020

How we set up a social prescribing service during lockdown

Deborah La Gette & Louise Peacock | Social Prescribing Link Workers - Lytham St Anne’s Primary Care Network

How Deborah La Gette and Louise Peacock (Social Prescribing Link Workers for Lytham St Anne’s Primary Care Network) set up a social prescribing service during lockdown.

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