Volunteering in Edinburgh

Summary of the latest statistics from the Scottish Household Survey (2017)

36% of adults in Edinburgh City, an estimated 156,500 people, volunteer formally through an organisation or group. Above the national average of 28%.

Adults, Base: All = 700. Female = 370. Male = 330.

In 2016, formal volunteers living in Edinburgh City contributed:

14 MILLION HOURS

of help

£222 MILLION

to the local economy

Note: Numbers have been rounded to the nearest half a million (500,000).

Data on the economic value of volunteering is not available for 2017. This data 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.