Scots 'are Europe's biggest volunteers'

Scottish people are more likely to volunteer than anyone else in Europe, according to the Scottish Government.

According to the 2007 Scottish Household Survey, three in 10 Scots volunteered in 2007.

The rate of volunteering has been higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK and other European countries, the report says.It adds that demand still outstrips supply.

The report found that 28 per cent of men and 32 per cent of women volunteered, with people aged between 35 and 59 most likely to get involved in voluntary activities.

It also found that people in full or part-time employment, especially self-employed people, were most likely to give their time. In terms of income, people earning more than £40,000 were most likely to contribute.

People from disadvantaged backgrounds were least likely to volunteer.

The most common volunteering activities were centred around schools (24 per cent) and other children’s activities (22 per cent), followed by the church (18 per cent).


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