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Summary: Age and Third Sector

Charity workerSummary: Age and Third Sector

  • After the age of 74, the level of volunteering declines. In 2015, 18% of men and 20% of women aged 75 and over volunteered in the last 12 months, compared to 27% of adults overall.

Source: Scottish Household Survey (2015)


Useful Links


Age page

Third Sector page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Age Evidence Review (2013) - A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to age equality.



The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data. Information about confidence intervals in the SHS can be found in Annex 3 of the annual report.

Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

Future Developments

Future Developments

The Scottish Government website provides information on developments in Scottish Third Sector policy.

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Third Sector Evidence Library 

Third Sector Research Centre and the Third Sector Knowledge Portal

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum

Social Enterprise Scotland

Volunteer Development Scotland 

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy




Third Sector