“The evidence base is clear. It can improve individual physical and mental health and well-being."
NHS volunteer Chitra Acharya says "it's one of the most rewarding things I have ever done".
From administering jabs to running the car park, the programme wouldn't have been possible without them.
The first official national lockdown began on 23 March 2020. As we mark a year in and out of restrictions, we look back at the events that defined our shared experience and the personal stories that HuffPost UK were proud to help tell.
The general public have played a vital role in the Covid response – but will it continue?
Volunteering dropped off during the second lockdown, but there are ways to give back this holiday season.
The coronavirus pandemic has left many feeling helpless and isolated, having a detrimental effect on their health. One of the best ways to combat these feelings is by helping others. We speak with Dr Rachel Allan about why helping others can ultimately help you.
These coronavirus initiatives, from sewing scrubs to donating funds for emergency PPE, can be done without getting changed out of your PJs.
Your ultimate guide to supporting others during the coronavirus crisis – from keeping food on people's plates to sending hygiene supplies to those in need.
With a secure job, doting boyfriend and no children to worry about, I am ashamed to say that I have felt utterly dejected since Covid-19 took over our lives, writes Elise Metcalf.