Volunteering in Edinburgh
Summary of the latest statistics from the Scottish Household Survey (2018)
Volunteering - formally and informally
51% of adults in Edinburgh have volunteered - that's around 211k people. This overall figure combines those who've volunteered formally (providing unpaid help through an organisation or group) with those who've volunteered informally (helping someone who is not a friend or relative) in the last year. This is above the national average of 48%.
Adults, Base: 780
In 2018 in Edinburgh, formal and informal volunteers contributed
32.5 MILLION HOURS(a)
of help providing
to the local economy
(a) 17m formal volunteering hours and 16m informal volunteering hours (numbers have been rounded to the nearest half a million or 500,000.
(b) £267m from formal volunteering and £255m from informal volunteering (numbers have been rounded to the nearest million or 1,000,000.
Note: Data on the economic value of volunteering is only available on a 2 year basis.
Scottish Household Survey Data: Due to the small sample sizes for each local authority there can be large variability in SHS volunteering data year-on-year. Care should therefore be taken in the use and interpretation of participation rates, hours’ volunteered and economic values.