Survey finds the amount of people volunteering has not improved

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28th July 2015 14:30 - Voluntary

The most recent Community Life survey by the Cabinet Office has discovered that the amount of adults in England, who are opting to take Survey finds the amount of people volunteering has not improvedpart in formal volunteering, has not changed over the last year.

The researchers questioned more than 2,000 adults in England and found that 27 per cent of adults took part in formal volunteering at least once a month in 2014/15 – the same figure as that of 2013/14. The research also found that 42 per cent of the participants volunteered once a year in 2014/15 – a 1 per cent increase since 2013/14.

The amount of people taking part in informal volunteering – which has been described as ‘giving unpaid help as an individual, to people who are not relatives’ – at least once per month in the last year fell to 34 per cent, up 1 per cent from the year prior.

Of the respondents, 59 per cent volunteered at least once in 2014/15, as opposed to 64 per cent in 2013/14.

The researchers also discovered that the amount of people taking part in volunteering, who were supported by their employer, at least once per month was no different this year, than 2013/14 and 2012/13.

In 2013/14, the amount of people who volunteered, either formally or informally, stood at a rate of 74 per cent, up from 65 per cent in 2010/11, however, this figure has dropped since 2013/14 to 69 per cent.

When asked if the National Council for Voluntary Organisations was going to take action to help increase the number of people who volunteer, Head of Research at the organisation, Nick Ockenden, said:

"It’s not all about quantity; it’s about quality as well and fits into the work the NCVO is doing to ensure there is good volunteer management and a good quality of engagement from organisations. Word of mouth is a very important factor in a person deciding to become a volunteer; if someone has a bad experience, it can have quite a negative impact on what they will tell other people afterwards."

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