Time Well Spent
A National Survey on the Volunteer Experience
Two years ago, when NHS hospitals – among other organisations around the world – were attacked by ransomware hackers, one of the first to have their computers back up and running was the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. It did not pay the hackers a penny. Instead, Hertfordshire police provided a team of young techies from their squad of volunteers, whose employers encouraged their staff to support local charities and public services. Welcome to 21st century volunteering.
The scale of volunteering in today’s Britain is prodigious. Two in five adults – almost 20 million people – have taken part within the past year. The vast majority, 96%, are happy with the experience. 81% do their volunteering in and for their local communities.
These figures come from a survey of more than 10,000 people conducted by YouGov for NCVO. It provides the most detailed analysis of volunteering for a decade.