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.
Source: Citizenship and Community Life surveys
Our research in this area
- Helping Out – the 2007 national survey of volunteering and charitable giving (PDF, 825KB)
- Participation: trends, facts and figures
- Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit. A practical guide for measuring volunteering
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