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At nfpSynergy, we've been tracking the proportion of the UK public that volunteer for over ten years. This report gives an overview of volunteering over time from as far back as 2003 up until August 2017.
Here are some of our key findings:
- Overall volunteering levels are fairly stable; however, individual waves show volatility, possibly due to a season increase over the summer.
- The most interesting changes appear to be over age group and gender.
- 16-34 year old men are now one of the most likely groups to volunteer closely followed by women in the same age group.
- Volunteering levels in both 45-54 year olds and 55-64 year olds have declined between 2012 and 2017. These age groups are those for whom no major initiatives exist to encourage volunteering.