According to the UK Civil Society Almanac 2016
Rates of regular formal volunteering among young people are at their highest since 2003!
- Rates of formal volunteering among young people continue to rise: the rates volunteering regularly have been rising for a number of years, but the 2014/15 data represents an increase of four percent from the previous year.
- No other age groups show this substantial a change. In terms of those volunteering at least once in the previous year, rates are more stable, with the exception of one group: 26 to 34 year olds have shown a six percent drop, from 39% in 2013/14 to 33% in 2014/15.
- If the 35% rate of monthly volunteering is applied to the population of England (where the survey is sampled and weighted to represent the population), this would represent approximately 2,430,000 young people volunteering on a regular basis. This compares favourably to the equivalent calculation in 2010/11, where 23% of young people were estimated to participate in regular volunteering, representing 1,580,000 young volunteers.
- Other research has looked specifically as rates of participation in social action in young people. In a 2015 face-to-face survey of 2021 young people aged 10-20 in the UK, 42% had taken part in some form of meaningful social action, meaning regular participation in or time given over to volunteering, fundraising, supporting others, tutoring/coaching, campaigning or improving the local area.
- A further 17% reported less regular participation in these kinds of activities. Fundraising and/or sponsored activities were the most commonly reported (43% of all respondents said that they had done this at least once in the last year), followed by giving time to charities or causes (32%) and supporting others (28%).