Levels of volunteering
Levels of volunteering have remained relatively stable over the last 9 years, with almost three in ten adults (28%) providing unpaid help to organisations or groups.
Levels of volunteering have been stable since 2009
Profile of volunteers
Overall, in 2017 as in every other year, more women (30%) than men (26%) volunteered in the last 12 months.
The profile of volunteers has also remained relatively stable over time.
Volunteers are more likely to be:
- from higher socio-economic and income groups
- from rural areas
- from less deprived areas
- employed or in full-time education
- Have a degree or professional qualification.
Percentage of adults who volunteer by age
Volunteering varied by age. The largest difference in male and female volunteers was in 35-44 age group, closely followed by 16-24 age group. The lowest level of volunteering was among men aged 25 to 34 compared to all of the other age groups under 75.
Top 10 types of organisations for which adults provided help
Types of organisations
The type of organisations most commonly volunteered for were ‘children’s activities associated with schools’, ‘youth or children’ organisations, and ‘local community or neighbourhood groups’.
21% Children’s activities associated with schools
19% Local community/neighbourhood groups
17% Sport/exercise (coaching or organising)
17% Hobbies/recreation/arts/social clubs
16% Health, disability and social welfare
15% Religious groups
11% The elderly
7% Environmental protection
6% Education for adults
Levels of volunteering by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation
The levels of volunteering increased as area deprivation decreased, 19% of adults in the 20% most deprived areas volunteered in 2017 compared to 37% of adults in the 20% least deprived areas.
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