Despite increased government investment, levels of youth
volunteering remained broadly flat between March 2006 and
November 2007, with 17-25 year olds as the age group most
regularly engaged with charities, according to a new study.
Think tank nfpSynergy’s Youth Engagement Monitor
also found that 17-19 year old females were the most likely
to volunteer, with 11-16 year olds the least likely to engage
with charities, possibly said nfpSynergy, due to exam pressures.
Youth volunteering also appears to have seasonal fluctuations,
with significantly higher volunteering numbers in the three
month run-up to autumn than there are in the three months
running up to spring.
nfpSynergy’s Joe Saxton said the figures would make
disappointing reading for both government and the third
sector. “Whatever money, resources and efforts have
been targeted at young people, to try to engage them more
with charities and volunteering – and though still
early days – there is as yet little clear sign of
such strategies bearing fruit,” he said. “Volunteering
schemes need to start where young people are at, with what
they want to do – ensuring they can volunteer in the
way that best meets their needs – not least by offering
campaigning and fundraising, as well as community service,