UK Civil Society Almanac 2017 /
Motivations and barriers to volunteering

Motivations for 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 (61%) and that the cause was considered important (39%).
  • Less frequently mentioned reasons included: to get on in my career (7%), feeling there was no one else to do it (8%), and to get a recognised qualification (3%).
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  • Less frequently mentioned reasons included: to get on in my career (7%), feeling there was no one else to do it (8%), and to get a recognised qualification (3%).

Barriers to volunteering

People stop volunteering because of changing circumstances and practical reasons

  • By far the most commonly cited reason for respondents to stop volunteering was lack of time due to changing home/work circumstances (52%).
  • The less-frequently mentioned were issues relating to volunteer management, including not feeling that their efforts were always appreciated, over-bureaucracy of volunteering, bad organisation of the group/club/organisation and not getting asked to do the things they’d like to do.
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Paid work is the main barrier to volunteering

  • The main reason that respondents gave for not formally volunteering on a regular basis was work commitments (55%), followed by commitments in the home or in caring for children (34%), along with other uses of spare time (25%).
  • Only a small number (8%) said that they had never thought of volunteering, though slightly more said that they were not of aware of any volunteering opportunities (17%) or that they did not know of any groups that needed help (14%). 5% did not think that they were the ‘right age’ to volunteer.
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UK Civil Society Almanac 2017 / The Voluntary Sector /Volunteers and workforce /Volunteering

Published: 08-05-2017 / Tagged: |

https://data.ncvo.org.uk/a/almanac17/motivations-and-barriers-to-volunteering-3/