Volunteering rates and overview

Volunteering overview 14.2 million people formally volunteered at least once a month in 2014/15. Rates of volunteering are mostly unchanged from the previous year, but rates of irregular informal volunteering showed a five per cent drop. Mean hours of volunteering by regular volunteers remain stable, with regular volunteers giving on average 11.6 hours per month. […]

Volunteer Profiles

Overview There are no gender differences in rates of formal volunteering between men and women; however more women than men informally volunteered in the last 12 months. Women were considerably more likely to provide caring roles and men more likely to give advice and represent others. The highest rates of monthly volunteering are in 16 […]

Volunteer Activities

Organisations supported Sports organisations and groups attract the most volunteers Just over half (54%) of those who had formally volunteered at least once in the last 12 months had given unpaid help to groups/clubs/organisations involved in sport/exercise. Other organisations to which formal volunteers had given unpaid help included those related to hobbies/recreation/arts/social clubs (36%) and […]

Motivations and barriers to volunteering

Motivations to volunteering People give multiple reasons for volunteering Among those who had formally volunteered at least once in the last 12 months, the most frequent reasons given for volunteering were to improve things/help people (60%) and that the cause was important to me (36%). Less frequently mentioned reasons included: to get on in my […]

Volunteer Infrastructure

Data on the voluntary sector The Annual Return of Volunteer Centres, undertaken by the Institute for Volunteering Research, is the best source of data on the state of the Volunteer Centre network in England. Unless otherwise stated, data in this section are drawn from the latest Annual Return, which reports on the 2013/14 financial year. […]