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How has the number of people volunteering changed over time?

In England we have good data on rates of volunteering going right back to 2001 and reporting on an annual basis. This was first done through the government’s Citizenship Survey but more recently through its Community Life Survey.

Rates of formal volunteering peaked in 2005, when 44% of respondents to the annual Citizenship Survey reported that they had volunteered in the past year. This rate declined slowly to 39% by 2010/11. More recent statistics briefly hinted at a return to the peak level figures (44%) in 2012/13, only to decrease again (41%) the following year and remaining similar this year. Rates of volunteering in England continue to be very stable over time, with only small fluctuations year-on-year. 

Read the blog post ‘Community Life Survey results show no change in volunteering’ by Nick Ockenden.

Read the blog post 'Why we shouldn’t get too worried about declining rates of volunteering' by Nick Ockenden.

Rates of formal volunteering

Source: Citizenship and Community Life surveys

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