Women are most likely to volunteer

But many find placements 'boring and disorganised', survey for YouthNet and v finds

Seventy-two per cent of volunteers are female and 72 per cent are white, according to research conducted for youth volunteering charities YouthNet and v.

The survey of 925 volunteers, carried out through volunteering website do-it.org.uk, also found that 35 per cent were in paid employment and about one in 10 was unemployed.

The poll showed that education and working with children were the most popular forms of volunteering, favoured by 37 per cent of volunteers, and working with prisoners and ex-offenders was the least popular, with 14 per cent of respondents expressing an interest in that area.

The survey, conducted between November and January, showed that almost one in 10 volunteers found their placements "boring", and 10 per cent said the placements were "disorganised".

Simon Jenkinson, head of partnerships at YouthNet, said: "Volunteering in education and with children has always been popular.

"This could be because people like to do something different from their day job - get out of the office and have more human interaction."

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