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Who volunteers in the UK?

Participation in formal volunteering differs by employment status, age, ethnicity, disability and region. People in employment are more likely to volunteer than those who are economically inactive (42% and 34% respectively). Those living in the South West (49%), South East (49%) and East of England (41%) are more likely to volunteer than those living in the North East (29%) and London (32%). Forty-three per cent of people aged 35 to 49 formally volunteer at least once a year compared to one-third (33%) of those aged 26 to 34. Participation didn’t differ by gender with 39% of men formally volunteering once a year compared to 38% of women.[70a]

Infographic with the following text: 42% of people in employment formally volunteer at least once a year, 34% of people who are economically inactive formally volunteer at least once a year. 40% of white people formally volunteer at least once a year, 32% of people in ethnic minority groups formally volunteer at least once a year. 49% of people living in the South-West formally volunteer at least once a year, 29% of people living in the North-East formally volunteer at least once a year
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Note: All differences are statistically significant at the 5% level

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A civic core

Research by the Third Sector Research Centre indicates that a relatively small subset of the population – the civic core – is responsible for most of the volunteering; charitable giving and civic participation that takes place.[70b] Just over a third (36%) of the adult population provide nearly nine-tenths (87%) of volunteer hours, just over four-fifths (81%) of the amount given to charity, and just over three-quarters (77%) of participation in different civic associations. The contribution of the primary core to volunteering is particularly striking with 9% of the adult population accounting for 51% of all volunteer hours which highlights the significant level of involvement of a committed few. In terms of demographics, people in the civic core are more likely to be middle-aged, have higher education qualifications, actively practise their religion, be in managerial and professional occupations, and have lived in the same neighbourhood for at least 10 years.[70b]

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UK Civil Society Almanac 2012 / The Voluntary Sector /Volunteers and workforce /Volunteering

Published: 17-02-2012 / Tagged:

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