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Guest Blog – Girlguiding Scotland

Girlguiding Scotland share with us their experiences with the transformative power of volunteering. Their 9,000 volunteers bring youth work opportunities to more than 35,000 young people across the whole of Scotland.

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The State of Volunteering in 2023

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.

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Scottish Household Survey – 2022 Results

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.

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Press Release: 2022 Scottish Household Survey Results 

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.

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Volunteer Scotland AGM and Event 2023

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).

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Faith in Older People – Volunteer Scotland Analysis

‘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.

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