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Young People and Volunteering
in Scotland
Slide Report
June 2015
Helen Harper and Gemma Jackson
Volunteer Scotland, Policy...
Why did we carry out this
research?
• We want to grow volunteering participation
in Scotland.
• To know HOW to grow it, we...
Who took part?
• Our survey was included in the Ipsos
MORI Young People in Scotland Survey in
October 2014.
• Over 2000 yo...
What did we want to find out?
• To what extent young people participated
in volunteering (through a club, organisation, or...
What happened next?
• Shared the results with practitioners such
as:
Youth Link Scotland, Young Scot, Education Scotland,
...
These conversations continue.
We’d love to hear your views and ideas.
Share with colleagues, get in touch!
To what extent do young
people volunteer?
we
do
..school
time.
..but
we'd
like to
Don't
know
...our
spare
time.
..and
we
d...
To what extent do young
people volunteer?
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
11 - 13yrs 14 - 15yrs 16 - 18yrs
Volunteering ...
To what extent do young
people volunteer?
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
No more than once a year
A few times a year
Five or si...
I‘m more
likely to
volunteer
regularly, and
volunteer in
my spare
time.
I’m more likely
to say I don’t
want to
volunteer.
...
We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old
We’re less likely to
volunteer now, but
we’re interested in
doing it in the
future....
Practitioner responses....
Why don’t
young
people
volunteer?
Lack of opportunity?
(schools and orgs think
there’s more red...
Who helped or encouraged
young people to volunteer?
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45%
Neighbour
Someone at local job c...
Who encourages young people
to volunteer?
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
45%
50%
11 - 13yrs 14 - 15yrs 16 - 18yrs
Other...
Who encourages young people
to volunteer?
Boys Girls
Encouraged to volunteer by friends, differences between boys and girl...
I‘m more
likely to
volunteer
regularly, and
volunteer in
my spare
time.
I’m more likely
to say I don’t
want to
volunteer.
...
We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old
We’re less likely to
volunteer now, but
we’re interested in
doing it in the
future....
Practitioner responses...
Gatekeepers
to
volunteering
Helpful to see clearly
who could be ‘targeted’
to help grow
voluntee...
What do young people think
about volunteering?
Responses....
Negative
perceptions
of
volunteering
Young people not
interes...
What do young people think
about volunteering?
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
Positive
Negative
Is volunteering se...
What do young people think
about volunteering?
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
11 - 13yrs 14 -15yrs 16 -18yrs
Thinking ...
I‘m more
likely to
volunteer
regularly, and
volunteer in
my spare
time.
I’m more likely
to say I don’t
want to
volunteer.
...
We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old
We’re less likely to
volunteer now, but
we’re interested in
doing it in the
future....
What do young people think
about volunteering?
Responses....
How can we
ensure young
people
recognise the
positive benefit...
What do young people think about
volunteering? (relative to other things they do in their spare
time)
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 5...
What do young people think about
volunteering? (relative to other things they do in their spare
time)
Spare time activitie...
I‘m more
likely to
volunteer
regularly, and
volunteer in
my spare
time.
I’m more likely
to say I don’t
want to
volunteer.
...
We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old
We’re less likely to
volunteer now, but
we’re interested in
doing it in the
future....
Practitioner responses...
Gender
stereotypes?
Could volunteering be a way to
challenge gender stereotypes?
Potentially enc...
What would encourage young
people to volunteer?
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60%
If someone asked me to do something
If I could ...
I‘m more
likely to
volunteer
regularly, and
volunteer in
my spare
time.
I’m more likely
to say I don’t
want to
volunteer.
...
We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old
We’re less likely to
volunteer now, but
we’re interested in
doing it in the
future....
Practitioner reflections.....
Young people
are risk averse,
they want to do
what their
friends are
doing.
Can we increase ...
What areas do young people
want to get involved in?
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
Girls
Boys
Top six areas young peopl...
What areas do young people
want to get involved in?
0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40%
Not stated
I don't know
Other
None o...
I‘m more
likely to
volunteer
regularly, and
volunteer in
my spare
time.
I’m interested in
volunteering that
involves young...
Practitioner responses....
Young
people
stick to
what they
know
Areas of interest
reflect their current
experience – young...
I‘m more
likely to
volunteer
regularly, and
volunteer in
my spare
time.
I’m interested in
volunteering that
involves young...
We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old
We’re less likely to
volunteer now, but
we’re interested in
doing it in the
future....
What have we learned?
• No other age group in Scotland has such a high
rate of volunteering.
• A significant proportion do...
How can we grow young people’s
participation in volunteering?
1. Raise awareness with ‘gatekeepers’
(schools, parents and ...
2. Explore potential of youth awards to focus
on the benefits of volunteering for young
people in terms of their own confi...
How can we grow young people’s
participation in volunteering?
• Create more group based opportunities
• Create more family...
What’s next?
Read our Report
Download our infographics
http://www.volunteerscotland.net/policy-and-
research/research/youn...
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The Young People in Scotland Survey is an annual school-based omnibus study run by Ipsos-Mori which captures the views, experiences and aspirations of young people in Scotland. It is a multi-client study which means the survey is made up of a range of questions purchased by a number of organisations.Volunteer Scotland has contributed 7 volunteering questions to the 2014 survey.

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  1. 1. Young People and Volunteering in Scotland Slide Report June 2015 Helen Harper and Gemma Jackson Volunteer Scotland, Policy and Research Helen.harper@volunteerscotland.org.uk gemma.jackson@volunteerscotland.org.uk www.volunteerscotland.org.uk @VolScot
  2. 2. Why did we carry out this research? • We want to grow volunteering participation in Scotland. • To know HOW to grow it, we need to learn more about participation. • Young people are the next generation of volunteers.... • We know about adult participation...but not young people.
  3. 3. Who took part? • Our survey was included in the Ipsos MORI Young People in Scotland Survey in October 2014. • Over 2000 young people aged 11-18 took part • They attended state sector schools • They completed a paper survey at their school during class time
  4. 4. What did we want to find out? • To what extent young people participated in volunteering (through a club, organisation, or group) • Who helped or encouraged them to volunteer • What young people thought about volunteering • What would encourage them to volunteer • What kind of volunteering they would like to get involved in.
  5. 5. What happened next? • Shared the results with practitioners such as: Youth Link Scotland, Young Scot, Education Scotland, Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Volunteer Scotland Learning & Practice Team, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise......
  6. 6. These conversations continue. We’d love to hear your views and ideas. Share with colleagues, get in touch!
  7. 7. To what extent do young people volunteer? we do ..school time. ..but we'd like to Don't know ...our spare time. ..and we don't want to NA 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Yes we volunteer in No Other Who volunteers? 45% 34% 20% 14% 18% 5% 17%
  8. 8. To what extent do young people volunteer? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 11 - 13yrs 14 - 15yrs 16 - 18yrs Volunteering in spare time, differences by age 32% 31% 44%
  9. 9. To what extent do young people volunteer? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% No more than once a year A few times a year Five or six times a year At least once a month About once a week A few times a week Occasional Regular How often do young people volunteer? 19% 27% 13% 7% 19% 11%
  10. 10. I‘m more likely to volunteer regularly, and volunteer in my spare time. I’m more likely to say I don’t want to volunteer. I’m more likely to volunteer occasionally. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland Survey 2014, Volunteer Scotland
  11. 11. We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old We’re less likely to volunteer now, but we’re interested in doing it in the future. We’re more likely to volunteer during our spare time. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland 2014, Volunteer Scotland We’re more likely to volunteer regularly.
  12. 12. Practitioner responses.... Why don’t young people volunteer? Lack of opportunity? (schools and orgs think there’s more red tape to involve young people) Young people have negative perceptions of volunteering Maybe schools and yp don’t know what counts as volunteering...litter picks? School committees?
  13. 13. Who helped or encouraged young people to volunteer? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Neighbour Someone at local job centre Someone else Did it on my own Community organisation Scheme Rep (DofE) Other family member Someone at a club/group Friend Teacher Parent/guardian 41% 32% 30% 24% 18% 11% 10% 6% 2% 1%
  14. 14. Who encourages young people to volunteer? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% 11 - 13yrs 14 - 15yrs 16 - 18yrs Other family member(s) Friend(s) Teacher(s) My parent(s) or guardian Who encourages young people to volunteer, differences by age 27% 20% 6% 37% 29% 25% 24% 26% 45% 48% 40% 34%
  15. 15. Who encourages young people to volunteer? Boys Girls Encouraged to volunteer by friends, differences between boys and girls 60% 40%
  16. 16. I‘m more likely to volunteer regularly, and volunteer in my spare time. I’m more likely to say I don’t want to volunteer. I’m more likely to volunteer occasionally. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland Survey 2014, Volunteer Scotland I ‘d like to volunteer with my friends
  17. 17. We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old We’re less likely to volunteer now, but we’re interested in doing it in the future. We’re more likely to volunteer during our spare time. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland 2014, Volunteer Scotland We’re more likely to volunteer regularly. Our teachers are more likely to get us into volunteering.
  18. 18. Practitioner responses... Gatekeepers to volunteering Helpful to see clearly who could be ‘targeted’ to help grow volunteering. Parents & teachers needed to be aware of the different types of volunteering, and what counts as volunteering Young people tend to be risk averse, they want to do what their friends are doing.
  19. 19. What do young people think about volunteering? Responses.... Negative perceptions of volunteering Young people not interested in something that ‘didn’t pay’. Sometimes friends and family reinforced this view. Young people had a traditional view of volunteering – it means giving up a lot of time, regularly, over a long period. Is this view perpetuated by the awards system (e.g. DofE, Saltire) ? Young people struggled to see the benefit of volunteering
  20. 20. What do young people think about volunteering? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% Positive Negative Is volunteering seen positively? 10% 15% 32% 43% 50% 56% 58% 9% 8% 78% 4%
  21. 21. What do young people think about volunteering? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 11 - 13yrs 14 -15yrs 16 -18yrs Thinking of volunteering as a way to develop skills and experience differs by age 46% 57% 71%
  22. 22. I‘m more likely to volunteer regularly, and volunteer in my spare time. I’m more likely to say I don’t want to volunteer. I’m more likely to volunteer occasionally. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland Survey 2014, Volunteer Scotland I ‘d like to volunteer with my friends and think of volunteering as a way to make friends.
  23. 23. We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old We’re less likely to volunteer now, but we’re interested in doing it in the future. We’re more likely to volunteer during our spare time. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland 2014, Volunteer Scotland We’re more likely to volunteer regularly. Our teachers are more likely to get us into volunteering. We think of volunteering as a way to increase our skills and gain experience. We’re more likely to think of volunteering as a way to have a good time.
  24. 24. What do young people think about volunteering? Responses.... How can we ensure young people recognise the positive benefits of volunteering? Raising awareness amongst gatekeepers of the positive benefits of volunteering beyond ‘CV’ building (e.g. Increased confidence and wellbeing’) Perhaps we should be promoting the ‘impact’ of volunteering (on volunteers and beneficiaries) rather than the detail of the opportunity itself Young people are more likely to think of volunteering as something to benefit others, or to enhance skills, than to enhance their own wellbeing (make them happy, help them make friends) – how can we change this?
  25. 25. What do young people think about volunteering? (relative to other things they do in their spare time) 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Go to under 18s club/venues Take part in youth groups (Scouts, Guides, youth clubs) Volunteer with a local group or charity Go to drama, music or singing groups Help out your friends/neighbours Go to sports clubs, gyms, exercise or dance groups Top six activities young people want to do in their spare time 52% 24% 18% 16% 16% 15%
  26. 26. What do young people think about volunteering? (relative to other things they do in their spare time) Spare time activities, differences between boys and girls 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Take part in campaigns or demonstrations Take part in a computer club or group None of these Go to an art or crafts club Go to under 18s club/venues Volunteer with a local group or charity Go to drama, music or singing groups Help out your friends/neighbours Go to sports clubs, gyms, exercise and dance groups Girls Boys 52% 54% 29% 20% 27% 8% 8% 25% 17% 18% 9% 4% 8% 12% 7% 16% 13% 5%
  27. 27. I‘m more likely to volunteer regularly, and volunteer in my spare time. I’m more likely to say I don’t want to volunteer. I’m more likely to volunteer occasionally. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland Survey 2014, Volunteer Scotland I ‘d like to volunteer with my friends and think of volunteering as a way to make friends. I’d like to spend my spare time doing sport & exercise or volunteering with a group or charity. I’d rather spend my spare time doing sport & exercise or helping out my neighbours, than volunteering for a group or charity. I’m more likely to say my friends got me into volunteering. I think of volunteering as a way to make friends.
  28. 28. We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old We’re less likely to volunteer now, but we’re interested in doing it in the future. We’re more likely to volunteer during our spare time. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland 2014, Volunteer Scotland We’re more likely to volunteer regularly. Our teachers are more likely to get us into volunteering. We think of volunteering as a way to increase our skills and gain experience. We’re more likely to think of volunteering as a way to have a good time. We’d rather spend our spare time helping out neighbours, going to drama or singing groups, guides or scouts than volunteering with a local group.
  29. 29. Practitioner responses... Gender stereotypes? Could volunteering be a way to challenge gender stereotypes? Potentially encourage girls and boys to consider less gender stereotypical opportunities and interests...?
  30. 30. What would encourage young people to volunteer? 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% If someone asked me to do something If I could try volunteering to see if I liked it If I could volunteer close to where I live If it would improve my skills If it would improve my career/job prospects If I could volunteer with my friends Top six things which would encourage young people to volunteer 56% 37% 29% 29% 21% 19%
  31. 31. I‘m more likely to volunteer regularly, and volunteer in my spare time. I’m more likely to say I don’t want to volunteer. I’m more likely to volunteer occasionally. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland Survey 2014, Volunteer Scotland I’m more likely to say my friends got me into volunteering. I think of volunteering as a way to make friends. I ‘d like to volunteer with my friends. I’d like to spend my spare time doing sport & exercise or volunteering with a group or charity. I’d rather spend my spare time doing sport & exercise or helping out my neighbours, than volunteering for a group or charity.
  32. 32. We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old We’re less likely to volunteer now, but we’re interested in doing it in the future. We think of volunteering as a way to increase our skills and gain experience. We’re more likely to volunteer during our spare time. Our teachers are more likely to get us into volunteering.We want to volunteer in our local area. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland 2014, Volunteer Scotland We’d rather spend our spare time helping out neighbours, going to drama or singing groups, guides or scouts than volunteering with a local group. We’re more likely to think of volunteering as a way to have a good time. Our families and friends are more likely to get us into volunteering. We’d like to volunteer with our families. We’re more likely to volunteer regularly.
  33. 33. Practitioner reflections..... Young people are risk averse, they want to do what their friends are doing. Can we increase the number of social, group based opportunities, and the chance to ‘bring a friend’ along to try out volunteering?
  34. 34. What areas do young people want to get involved in? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Girls Boys Top six areas young people want to get involved in 43% (of all boys) 26% (of all girls 15% 38% 30% 14% 18% 27% 29% 10%
  35. 35. What areas do young people want to get involved in? 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Not stated I don't know Other None of these Religious groups Local community or neighbourhood groups Environmental protection Political groups Justice and human rights First aid or safety Older people/the elderly Health or disabilities Wildlife protection Areas young people were less interested in 15% 14% 14% 12% 11% 7% 5% 4% 4% 3% 1% 12% 7%
  36. 36. I‘m more likely to volunteer regularly, and volunteer in my spare time. I’m interested in volunteering that involves younger children (in or out of school), animal welfare and sport. I ‘d like to volunteer with my friends and think volunteering is a way to make new friends. I’m more likely to say I don’t want to volunteer. I’m more likely to volunteer occasionally. I’m interested in volunteering in sports related activities. I’d rather spend my spare time doing sport & exercise or helping out my neighbours, than volunteering for a group or charity. I’d like to spend my spare time doing sport & exercise or volunteering with a group or charity. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland Survey 2014, Volunteer Scotland
  37. 37. Practitioner responses.... Young people stick to what they know Areas of interest reflect their current experience – young people’s choices might be driven by the context of an award. Young people might need more exposure to ‘what’s out there’ before they can make decisions about what they want to be involved in Is there potential for local authorities to consider linking volunteer involving services to schools to create opportunities for young people?
  38. 38. I‘m more likely to volunteer regularly, and volunteer in my spare time. I’m interested in volunteering that involves younger children (in or out of school), animal welfare and sport. I ‘d like to volunteer with my friends and think volunteering is a way to make new friends. I’m more likely to say I don’t want to volunteer. I’m more likely to volunteer occasionally. I’m interested in volunteering in sports related activities. I’d rather spend my spare time doing sport & exercise or helping out my neighbours, than volunteering for a group or charity. I’d like to spend my spare time doing sport & exercise or volunteering with a group or charity. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland Survey 2014, Volunteer Scotland We think volunteering is a good thing. We’re more likely to volunteer than adults. We’d be up for volunteering if it improved our skills and job prospects, and if we could volunteer with our friends. We want to volunteer in our local area. Think about letting us try it out first, before we commit.
  39. 39. We’re 11-13 yrs old We’re 16-18yrs old We’re less likely to volunteer now, but we’re interested in doing it in the future. We think of volunteering as a way to increase our skills and gain experience. We’re more likely to volunteer during our spare time. Our teachers are more likely to get us into volunteering. We want to volunteer in our local area. Source: Young People and Volunteering in Scotland 2014, Volunteer Scotland We’d rather spend our spare time helping out neighbours, going to drama or singing groups, guides or scouts than volunteering with a local group. We’re more likely to think of volunteering as a way to have a good time. Our families and friends are more likely to get us into volunteering. We’d like to volunteer with our families. We think volunteering is a good thing. We’re more likely to volunteer than adults. We’d be up for volunteering if we could volunteer with our friends. Think about letting us try it out first, before we commit. We’re more likely to volunteer regularly.
  40. 40. What have we learned? • No other age group in Scotland has such a high rate of volunteering. • A significant proportion don’t currently volunteer, but are interested in volunteering. • Young people are diverse. Older, younger, boys and girls volunteer differently, want different things and have different interests. • Gatekeepers are critical. They can encourage or limit young people’s involvement.
  41. 41. How can we grow young people’s participation in volunteering? 1. Raise awareness with ‘gatekeepers’ (schools, parents and young people) – ‘Traditional’ volunteering isn’t the only way. – It’s not just about CV building. – Volunteering could be a way to broaden experience – tackle gender stereotypes and increase exposure to potential new areas of interest.
  42. 42. 2. Explore potential of youth awards to focus on the benefits of volunteering for young people in terms of their own confidence and wellbeing. How can we grow young people’s participation in volunteering?
  43. 43. How can we grow young people’s participation in volunteering? • Create more group based opportunities • Create more family opportunities • Let young people ‘try it and see’ • Tailor opportunities to the needs and interests of different young people • Create opportunities to the needs and interests of different young people • Create opportunities that are flexible, rather than requiring long term, high level of commitment • Ask young people to volunteer. Encourage volunteer involving groups, clubs and organisations to:
  44. 44. What’s next? Read our Report Download our infographics http://www.volunteerscotland.net/policy-and- research/research/young-people-and-volunteering/ Get in touch to join the conversation – we’d love to hear your responses to the research, and ideas for growing young people’s participation. Helen.harper@volunteerscotland.org.uk Gemma.jackson@volunteerscotland.org.uk

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