Volunteers’ Week is all about celebrating the invaluable contribution which millions of volunteers make to society every day. Volunteering builds connections, grows skills and gives back to society. And it’s been shown to be good for the wellbeing of volunteers too.
In the face of COVID-19 and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, the landscape of volunteering in Scotland has undergone significant changes. This blog delves into the latest research and evidence to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of volunteering in 2023. We will explore the impact of these crises on volunteering participation, recruitment challenges, demographic variations, and the specific issues faced by Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs). Let’s dive into the key findings and trends shaping the volunteering landscape in Scotland.
The significant decline in formal volunteering participation from 26% in 2019 to 22% in 2022 is extremely concerning. While this may be unsurprising given the cumulative impacts of COVID-19 and the cost-of-living crisis, it comes at a time of increased societal need. This is putting additional pressures on Volunteer involving organisations at a time of increased demand.
Worrying Decline in Volunteer Participation. Volunteer Scotland are concerned by the latest Scottish Household Survey results for 2022 which show a significant decline in volunteer participation. 22% of Scotland’s adult population volunteered for an organisation or group in 2022, a four percentage point decline compared with 2019.
Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, in collaboration with local organisations, partners and members of the Stirling’s Alive with Volunteering (SAVW) Steering Group, gathered this week, on 5th December, International Volunteer Day, to pledge their collective support for the National Volunteer Charter.
Today, 5th December is International Volunteer Day. An occasion for us all to pay tribute to volunteers worldwide. The theme for this year is “If Everyone did…” focussing on collective action – if everyone volunteered the world would be a better place.
Last week we hosted our 39th Annual General Meeting online with special guests, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP and internationally renowned speaker, Martin J Cowling (who hosted the interactive Net Zero section of the event).
‘The gift of age – Older people, faith communities, and volunteering’ provides invaluable new insights into volunteering in faith communities for older Scottish adults. While we know how many people volunteer with faith-based organisations and something of what they do, there is much we don’t know.