Volunteering overview

Highlights 11.9 million people formally volunteered once a month in 2016/17. Levels of formal volunteering in 2016/17 stood at 37% for irregular volunteering and 22% for regular volunteering. For informal volunteering, 52% were volunteering irregularly and 27% of people volunteering regularly in 2016/17. It is very difficult to judge whether these levels have changed over […]

Volunteer Profiles

Highlights People aged 26-34 years old are the least likely to formally volunteer with only 15% volunteering once a month versus 22% overall. Women are slightly more likely to take part in any form of volunteering but informal volunteering in particular. People from higher socio-economic background and well-educated backgrounds are more likely to volunteer. Volunteering […]

Volunteering activities

Highlights 57% of the people who volunteer formally do so with a sports club or group, making them the most popular organisations. Fundraising and running events are the most popular volunteering activities of formal volunteers, with 44% organising or helping to run an event or activity and 40% being involved in raising money. Nearly one […]

Motivations and barriers to volunteering

Highlights Improving things and helping others is the most prominent reason why people get involved – 49% of people say that is why they volunteer. People get most often involved in groups or organisations they have a personal connection with – 48% knew someone who was already involved in the group. Most people stop volunteering […]

Workforce

Highlights The voluntary sector workforce increased by 4% between June 2016 and June 2017. Between June 2016 and June 2017, the proportion of men working for the voluntary sector increased from 35% to 37%, confirming a trend that started in September 2014. 59% of the sector’s employees work in social care, health and education. EU […]