Scotland's profile of volunteering
Latest findings from the Scottish Household Survey (2017)
Formal volunteering - helping groups and organisations
28% of adults in Scotland - that's over 1.26 million people - have volunteered formally through an organisation or group in the last year. This figure has remained relatively stable for the last 10 years.
Adults Base: All = 9,810 Women = 5,270 Men = 4,540
In 2016, formal volunteers in Scotland contributed:
157 MILLION HOURS(a)
to the local economy
(a) Numbers have been rounded to the nearest half a million (500,000)
(b) Numbers have been rounded to the nearest million (1,000,000)
Note: 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.