Value of volunteering july 2010

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  • Source: 2008 Citizenship Survey, Communities and Local Government; Helping Out: A national survey of volunteering and charitable giving, Cabinet Office Published on 8 April 2008 at 9:30 am    
  • 2006/7 survey what do you think they said? Why do you volunteer?
  • Not enough spare time 82% Put off by bureaucracy 49% Worried about risk and liability 47%
  • Johns Hopkins University and International Labour Organisation April 2008
  • Activenture To the individual: Gives them help, fun, meaning eg activenture
  • To the organisation Eg trustees, directors
  •   In Uk
  • Chris in Waders. Chess river, Chesham To society Promotes altuism, contributes to a caring and supportive community. Better sense of community spirit and involvement. Time and skills given for free represents many billions of pounds Enhances the services provided in health, education, environment, leisure and culture.
  • Experts surveyed 101 randomly-selected district authorities, and across a range of volunteer projects, and found that those areas with the best quality of life had high levels of informal voluntary activity. People living in areas where many citizens gave up their time for others enjoyed better health, suffered less crime, and claimed to be "very satisfied" with their lives. Students from these communities also achieved higher GCSE grades. Professor Paul Whiteley, from the University of Essex in Colchester, whose team produced the findings, said: "The research has revealed an interesting link between helping others and enjoying a good quality of life. "It seems that when we focus on the needs of others, we may also reap benefits ourselves. It means that voluntary activity in the community is associated with better health, lower crime, improved educational performance and greater life satisfaction." Volunteering had a positive influence irrespective of a community's social class or wealth, the Economic and Social Research Council study found. The research found a strong link between voluntary activity and overall life satisfaction
  • Professor Paul Whiteley, Programme Director of the ESRC Democracy & Participation Research Programme
  • Johns Hopkins University and International Labour Organisation April 2008
  • To the volunteer: Fun, social interaction, sense of purpose, achievement, meaning, personal satisfaction, build up their confidence, extended skills, friends, Also better physical and mental health. Happiness

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  • 1. The Value of Volunteering
    • Diane Rutter
    • (Heads up the Volunteer Centre for Buckinghamshire)
  • 2. What Volunteer Centres Do
    • Encourage people to volunteer
    • Help charities & community groups to find the right volunteers for their needs.
    • Match up individuals with volunteering opportunities that they will enjoy.
    • Provide support, advice and training to voluntary groups
    • Help get the volunteers voice heard
  • 3. Did you know?
    • ¾ of all people in Britain volunteer
  • 4. Reasons people give for volunteering
    • To improve things
    • To help people
    • Feel that the cause is important
    • Had time to spare
  • 5. Most common reason given for not volunteering
    • Not enough spare time
    • Put off by bureaucracy
    • Worried about risk and liability
  • 6. Why me?
    • The social responsibility gene?
    • Volunteering gives balance to my life
    • I enjoy it !
  • 7. Did you know?
    • The number of full-time equivalent volunteers across the globe is approximately 140 million people;
    • if volunteers were a nation, they would be the 9th most populous country in the world.
  • 8. Value of volunteering Who benefits?
    • Volunteering is immeasurably valuable to:
    • The individual or organisation helped
    • Society
    • The volunteer themself
  • 9. Value of volunteering to the individual helped
  • 10. Did you know?
    • 90 million hours of formal voluntary work takes place in UK each week
  • 11. Value of volunteering to the organisation helped
  • 12. Did you know?
    • Over ¾ voluntary organisations are entirely run by volunteers
  • 13. Value of volunteering to Society
  • 14. Quality of life
    • Places that report the highest quality of life also have the highest levels of informal volunteering
    • Places with high levels of volunteering suffer less crime, enjoy better health and students achieve higher GCSE grades
    • Economic and Social Research Council 2004
  • 15.
    • "A relatively poor community with lots of voluntary activity can do better in relation to health, crime and education than a relatively affluent community which lacks such activity"
    • “ It seems that when we focus on the needs of others, we also reap benefits ourselves.”
    • Professor Paul Whiteley
  • 16. Did you know?
    • Volunteers make a $400 billion contribution to the global economy
  • 17. What is the “economic value” of your volunteering?
    • Individually
    • Hours per week X appropriate hourly wage wage
    • And the Value to BAB?
    • Number of vols X Hrs per week X average hourly wage.
  • 18.
    • But volunteering isn’t about money…
  • 19. Value of volunteering to the volunteer
  • 20. Volunteer to spice up your sex life!
    • When asked, volunteers said that volunteering helped them…
    • 20% cut down on alcohol
    • 21% smoked less
    • 20% lost weight
    • 9% men and 8% women said it improved their sex life
    • CSV survey of over 600 volunteers 2004
  • 21.  
  • 22.
    • If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
    • If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
    • If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
    • If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody
    • Chinese Proverb
  • 23.  
  • 24. Thank You !
    • To all of you who volunteer!