BLF funds research into motivation for volunteering

Umbrella body the NCVO has been awarded almost half a million pounds from the Big Lottery Fund for research into why people take part in or shun community activities such as volunteering.

The award of £484,000 is among 24 research initiatives to have been given a share of £7.7m by the BLF.

The NCVO project, Pathways Through Participation, will look at subjects such as why people choose not to take part in volunteering or public consultations.

The project will be carried out in conjunction with research bodies Involve and the Institute for Volunteering Research over the next two and half years. The research will include workshops and interviews looking at how people's involvement in community activities changes over time.

Karl Wilding, head of research at the NCVO, said: "This research project will address a gap in our knowledge of people's motivations for community engagement and their preferences over the course of their lives."

Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England, said the research would "fill a big hole in our current understanding of how and why people get involved in different forms of volunteering".

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