10 reasons for saying “NO”…………..and possible answers
VolunteeringAny activity which involves spending time, unpaid,doing something which aims to benefit someone,individuals or groups other than, or in addition to,close relatives, or to benefit the environment.(From the Compact Code on Volunteering)
Formal or informal?• Formal volunteering refers to people who volunteer with official groups, clubs or organisations• Informal volunteering refers to people who give unpaid help to other people, usually friends or neighbours Focus today on Formal Volunteering
Top 5 reasons people say “No”2. work commitments (59%)3. doing other things with their time (29%)4. looking after children or the home (26%)5. not hearing about opportunities to help (17%)6. study commitments (15%) or “cba” (?%)Figures are taken from the National Citizenship Survey conducted by the Department for Communities and Local Government 2008/9 and 2009/10
No! #1 Employer-supported volunteeringParticipation is unchanged since 20052% once a month5% once a year
No! #2 Doing other things62% of regular volunteers say they start volunteering because they want to improve things/help people’ 65% of regular volunteers say they get satisfaction from seeing the results’
No #3 Family habitsMore people volunteer from householdsWhich already….• mix with people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds in private places, such as in the home• engage in civic activism, civic participation and civic consultation• give money to charity• actively practise a religion or feel that religion is important in shaping their identity
No! #4 Hearing about itThe most common method through whichpeople find out about volunteeringopportunities is through someone elsealready involved in the group ororganisation (53%).
No! #5 Too busy studyingReasons most students (aged 16-24) volunteered:• 75% - to see the difference it made to peoples lives• 66% - to enhance career prospects• 65% - to develop their skills• 48% - to feel good• 46% - to make new friends.• 41% - it’s fun!
Time commitment?Regular volunteering averages about 12 hours a month (less than 3 hours a week)
Little change in levels of volunteering since 2009• One in four people - at least once a month• Two in five people - at least once in the last 12 months
Drop in informal volunteering• at least once a month - from 35% in 2008/09 to 29% in 2009/10.• at least once a year in 2008/9 from 62% to 54% in 2009/10
Older peopleBigger drop !• aged 75 years - 32% in 2008-09 to 25% in 2009/10 (once a month)• aged 65-74 – 63% to 51% (once a year)
……More motives• Over 50% say volunteering experience helped them secure a new job/promotion• 25% aged between 35 and 44 say they volunteer to improve their health
Why do over 60’s volunteer Over 50% say – to make new friends
Did you know?• Households with two or more children have a higher chance of regular volunteering compared with households with no children• People living in rural areas have a greater likelihood of regular volunteering than people in urban areas
3 more reasons to say NO!6. ‘put off by bureaucracy’ (49%),7. ‘worried about risk/ liability’ (47%)8. ‘not got the right skills/ experience’ (39%)(Quotes from “Helping Out”, 2007).