A Qualitative Evidence Review of Space and Place, Intangible Assets, and Volunteering, and their Contribution to the Enhancement of Wellbeing and/or Alleviation of Loneliness for Adults across the Life-Course (16+ years), in the Spheres of Participatory Arts and Sport/Physical Activity


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Daykin N, Golding A, Gray K, Mansfield L, Meads C, Victor C

Year of Publication:
2020

Publisher(s):
What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This review aims to identify evidence on volunteering, wellbeing and loneliness in participatory arts and sport/physical activity.

The review examined studies published worldwide between 2009 and 2019, and identified twenty-seven sources examining volunteering, wellbeing or loneliness and participatory arts or sport/physical activity. In these studies, it was found that the wellbeing benefits of volunteering in participatory arts and sport/physical activity are connected to three key themes:
(i) giving and sharing skills, expertise and experience;
(ii) creating places/spaces of security and trust; and
(iii) providing opportunities for personal skill development.

These themes point to the ways in which volunteering in participatory arts and sport can enhance wellbeing and/or alleviate feelings of loneliness. However, the evidence also suggests that volunteering can sometimes make people feel excluded. If volunteers are not given the necessary skills and support, it may leave them feeling worse. It can also be difficult to sustain beneficial effects when a volunteering programme comes to an end.

The sports and physical activities incorporate: walking and hiking in peer-led groups, skiing and horse riding, rugby, therapeutic horticulture and gardening, event volunteering, running, group exercise sessions, football, gym, tai chi, yoga, Zumba, table tennis and frisbee. The participatory arts activities include: creative arts, poetry, visual arts, singing, ceramics, theatre and storytelling, museum and heritage activities and knitting, sewing and crochet.



Evidence Type: Systematic Review

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Mansfield, L., Daykin, N., Meads, C., Gray, K., Golding, A., Victor, C. (2020). A Qualitative Evidence Review of Space and Place, Intangible Assets, and Volunteering, and their Contribution to the Enhancement of Wellbeing and/or Alleviation of Loneliness for Adults across the Life-Course (16+ years), in the Spheres of Participatory Arts and Sport/Physical Activity. London: What Works Centre for Wellbeing.