Publications

We're here to help provide an insight into all aspects of volunteering. Browse our range of publications to discover more about the world of volunteering.

  • Volunteer Participation

    Volunteering is the ‘golden thread’ running through our communities.

    To find out more about volunteer participation in Scotland, please click the links below: 

    • OSCR Charity Survey 2016

      We’ve been exploring OSCR’s Charity Survey to see what interesting insights it can provide into volunteering in the charity sector.

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    • UK Volunteering Participation Rates

      We’ve carried out a review of participation rates for formal volunteering across the UK.

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    • Informal Volunteering in Deprived Urban Scotland

      We’ve explored the concept of informal volunteering in deprived urban areas.

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    • Volunteering Trends in Scotland – A Changing Landscape?

      To better understand the volunteering landscape in Scotland, we’ve brought together a collection of survey evidence.

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    • Volunteering Participation in Scotland

      We’ve worked in partnership with the University of Stirling to better understand the differences in volunteer participation across urban/rural areas and socio-economic characteristics.

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    • Volunteering and Public Service Reform in Rural Scotland

      We’ve worked in partnership with Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) to explore volunteering in rural areas and what this might mean for the reform of public services in Scotland.

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    • Volunteering in Scottish Charities 2013

      We’ve carried out a survey to better understand volunteering in local charities.

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    • Volunteering in Scotland Survey 2011

      We’ve carried out a national omnibus survey of adults in Scotland to fill in some of the gaps in the national picture of volunteering.

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  • Youth Volunteering

    Scotland’s young people have a crucial role to play in volunteering – now and in the future.

    We’ve been exploring young people’s involvement and interest in volunteering. To find out more please click the links below:

    • Youth Volunteering in Deprived Areas

      James Davis is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde who has been studying youth volunteering in some of the most deprived areas of Glasgow.

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    • Young People and Volunteering in Scotland 2016

      We carried out a survey of young people (aged 11-18) in 2016 to explore their involvement and interest in volunteering.

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    • Young People and Volunteering in Scotland 2014

      We carried out a survey of young people (aged 11-18) in 2014 to explore their involvement and interest in volunteering.

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    • Being Young in Scotland 2010

      We carried out a survey of young people (aged 11-25) in 2010 to explore their involvement and interest in volunteering.

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  • Inclusive Volunteering

    Volunteering is at the heart of a pro-active, healthy, fair and progressive society.

    We want volunteering to be a rewarding experience that can be enjoyed by everyone in Scotland, regardless of their background, identity or personal circumstances. To find out more about how we’re trying to make volunteering as inclusive as possible, please click the links below: 

    • Inclusion in Volunteering

      We’ve leading work to encourage greater inclusion in volunteering. In 2017, we formed a national strategic group for inclusion in volunteering.

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    • The Benefits of Inclusive Volunteering

      With input from the Third Sector Research Forum, we’ve carried out a “call for evidence” to try and better understand the benefits of inclusive volunteering.

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    • Volunteering and Disability

      We’re carried out research into the experiences and perceptions of volunteering from disabled people and organisations.

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  • Health and Wellbeing

    Volunteering makes an incredible contribution to improving our nation’s health and wellbeing.

    To find out more about our work in health and wellbeing please click the links below: 

    • Volunteering and Wellbeing

      We’ve explored the case for including a volunteering indicator in the Scotland Performs National Performance Framework to act as a proxy measure for community engagement and social cohesion in Scotland.

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    • Volunteering on Prescription

      We’ve worked with GPs to create a better understanding of the role GP Practices can play in signposting patients to volunteering as a form of local preventative care.

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    • VEnable

      We’ve worked in partnership with NHS Tayside to identify the key needs and gaps in support for older people where volunteers can potentially play a vital role.

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  • Heritage Volunteering

    Volunteers play an important role in protecting, preserving and promoting the historic and natural environment in Scotland.

    To find out more about our work in this area please click the links below:

    • Volunteering in the Historic Environment 2016

      We’ve carried out a study of volunteering across the historic environment sector on behalf of Historic Environment Scotland

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    • Volunteering and the Historic Environment 2008

      We've carried out a study of volunteering across the historic environment sector on behalf of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland. 

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