Big increase in proportion of young people volunteering and more …

In case you missed this in September, we thought you might be interested to see Third Sector’s summary of a report about volunteering in England.

Some of the key points are:

  • Percentage of 16-24 year olds saying they and volunteered in the previous three months had risen to a third, compared with 15% in October 2004.
  • Overall volunteering levels are at a ten year high – 26% of respondents said they’d volunteered in the past three months.
  • The percentage of men volunteering is also at an all time high (27%), and higher than the percentage of women (26%) for only the second time in the past decade.

Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy, said, “… all too often charities don’t think about how they can reach out to these groups. Targeting volunteer opportunities to appeal to different groups is essential to ensuring a steady supply of volunteers and capitalising on the skills they provide.”

However, Third Sector points out, “The report’s findings are in contrast to the recent Community Life Survey, which found that volunteering in England and Wales had fallen in the past year. The report, published in July, showed that 41 per cent of people reported doing formal volunteering in 2013/14 at least once a year, down from 44 per cent in the previous year, and 27 per cent at least once a month, down from 29 per cent.”

The report is from the voluntary sector consultancy nfpSynergy, called The New Alchemy: How Volunteering Turns Donations of Time and Talent into Human Gold. 

You can read more here.



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