Many young people think about volunteering, few do it

Almost half of the young people who took part in an online survey about volunteering had thought about giving up their time to do so, but only 3 per cent took any action.

Among the reasons cited by the 120 17 to 30-year-old respondents to the Welsh Assembly-funded survey was uncertainty about whether they would have anything in common with fellow volunteers.

Only 6 per cent considered sharing their experiences to help other people to be a form of volunteering. However, 70 per cent said they would be happy to help others by sharing their experiences on a social exchange website such as the one run by social enterprise Fresh Ties, which carried out the survey.

The Fresh Ties website puts individuals in touch with charities and each other to help them get involved in their communities and support good causes.

Ashish Poddar, founder and head of Fresh Ties, said he wanted to work with volunteer organisations to encourage more volunteering. “The aim is to use our mainstream platform to get more people engaged in helping other people in ways that suit them,” he said.

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