Proportion of young people who volunteer has doubled in 10 years, nfpSynergy survey finds

Joe Saxton, co-founder of the consultancy, welcomes the increase in volunteering levels and says it is important to understand how they can be sustained

Joe Saxton
Joe Saxton

Young people are now almost twice as likely to volunteer as they were 10 years ago, a survey published today by the consultancy nfpSynergy shows.

The survey of 1,000 British adults, carried out in May, shows that 33 per cent of respondents aged between 16 and 25 said they had volunteered in the past three months, compared with 18 per cent of the same age group who said they had done so in 2003.

The proportion of all people who said they had volunteered in the past three months was at a 10-year high of 26 per cent – a rise of five percentage points on the previous survey, carried out in January.

The proportion of those aged between 55 and 64 who had volunteered in the past three months increased by the highest amount – up from 18 per cent in January to 27 per cent in the most recent survey.

Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy, said it was important to understand what had driven the increase in volunteering among young people.

"It’s particularly good that young people are finally becoming more involved," he said. "What is crucial is that the people who could go on to be their donors, volunteers and staff are getting involved in charities early in their lives. We need to understand much better what is driving these rises in volunteering levels and, more importantly, how we can sustain them."

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