2008-09 Citizenship Survey: Volunteering and Charitable Giving

The new Citizenship Survey for 2008-09 has just been published and shows the continuing strength of volunteering and charitable giving in the UK. Although figures don’t vary drastically from the last report, this does show firm committment to volunteering and charitable giving in difficult times.

The report is the fifth in a series of surveys carried out by the Department for Communities and Local Government, which previously conducted surveys in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007-08. The Survey is based on a nationally representative sample of approximately 10,000 adults in England and Wales with an additional sample of around 5,000 adults from ethnic minority groups.

Key findings

  • In 2008-09, 26 per cent of people in England participated in formal volunteering at least once a month. This represents a fall since 2005 when 29 per cent of people participated, although there was no statistically significant change relative to 2007-08 (27%).
  • Thirty-five per cent of people in England participated in informal volunteering at least once a month, a fall since 2005 when the figure was 37 per cent. Again, there was no change relative to 2007-08 (35%).
  • The proportion of young people, aged 16 to 25, participating, at least once a month, in formal volunteering was 24 per cent, while 38 per cent took part in informal volunteering at least once a month. There were no statistically significant differences in the proportions of 16-25 year olds participating in formal and informal volunteering, at least once a month, relative to 2007-08.
  • In 2008-09, 74 per cent of people in England had given money to charity in the four weeks prior to interview; less than in 2005 when the figure was 78 per cent. There was no statistically significant change relative to 2007-08 (76%).

You can download the full report for free here.

Categories: Charity Trends Resources, Individual Giving Resources, Volunteering Resources

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