What are the most popular sectors for volunteering?
Volunteers are involved in a range of sectors.
In 2008/09 the most popular sectors for formal volunteers were:
- sport /exercise (53%)
- hobbies, recreation/arts/ social clubs (42%)
- religion (36%)
- children’s education/schools (34%)
- youth children’s activities (outside school) (32%)
- health, disability and social welfare (25%)
- local community or neighbourhood groups (24%)
- the environment, animals (20%)
What are the most popular activities for volunteering?
Volunteers carryout a range of activities in their roles.
In 2008/09 the most popular activities for formal volunteers were:
- organising or helping to run an event (55%)
- raising or handling money/ taking part in sponsored events (52%)
- leading the group / member of committee (37%)
- providing transport / driving (26%)
- giving information / advice/counselling (24%)
- visiting people (24%)
- secretarial, clerical or admin work (23%)
- befriending or mentoring people (21%)
Our research in this area
- Helping Out – the 2007 national survey of volunteering and charitable giving (PDF, 825KB)
- Evaluation of the Volunteering in Care Homes project
- Volunteering for stronger communities
- Volunteering and health: good practice case studies
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