Figures released by Volunteering England show a further
rise in volunteering enquiries in 2009.
The research shows:
Over the past six months, 86% of Volunteer Centres have
seen an increase in volunteering enquiries, which represents
a further increase on data collected in March this year.
Many of these enquiries are being successfully placed into
volunteer roles with 72% of Centres placing more volunteers
than they were six months ago.
Volunteer Centres across the network have been proactive
in confronting increased unemployment. Their work and projects
on employability have increased by 70% over the last six
63% of Volunteer Centres now carry out work specifically
on volunteering and employability.
The figures were revealed in an Institute for Volunteering
Research study, commissioned by Volunteering England, the
national volunteering development agency.
The study was a follow-up to research carried out by the
Institute in March 2009, exploring the services delivered
by Volunteer Centres around volunteering and employability
Commenting on the figures, Justin Davis Smith, chief executive
of Volunteering England, said: “We are extremely pleased
to see that a high number of volunteering enquiries are
being successfully turned into volunteering placements by
the Volunteer Centre network.
"Thousands of people are increasingly looking for
volunteering opportunities as a way of making good use of
their time and as a route back into employment.
“Volunteering is an excellent way to develop and
improve the ‘soft skills’ needed for employment
including teamwork, communication and other social and interpersonal
skills. It can be an opportunity to offer existing skills
for a good cause or an opportunity to learn new skills and
develop career options.
“And the increase in the number of people wanting
to volunteer can only be good news for local community services,
which will benefit from the skills and time being given.”