In January 2019, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) published its report ‘Time Well Spent: A national survey on the volunteering experience’.
Their research was based on an online survey of over 10,000 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Volunteer Scotland was granted access to the Scottish dataset to enable it to produce volunteering statistics for Scotland. We have deep mined this excellent data-source to explore the Scottish volunteer experience in detail.
Volunteer Scotland’s analysis has focused on sections 4-8 of ‘Time Well Spent’ report to provide analysis and insights on the volunteer experience that have not previously been available for Scotland.
- What activities do volunteers do?
- Where do volunteers volunteer?
- When do volunteers volunteer?
- Who do volunteers volunteer for?
- How do volunteers volunteer?
- Why do volunteers volunteer?
- Overall volunteer satisfaction.
- Volunteers’ experience of volunteer organisations and volunteer management.
- Volunteers’ perception of the volunteer organisation and their relationship with others.
- What matters most for overall volunteer satisfaction.
- Volunteers’ perceptions about the beneficial impacts of volunteering on themselves.
- Any negative experiences of volunteering that volunteers have.
- How likely recent volunteers are to continue volunteering with their main organisation over the next year and their reasons for continuing or not.
- The experience of lapsed volunteers and the reasons they stopped volunteering.
- Adults who have not volunteered recently to understand what stops people getting involved in volunteering.
- Factors which may encourage non-volunteers to get involved in volunteering in the future.
- People’s interest in future volunteering opportunities, among both volunteers and non-volunteers.
Volunteer Scotland would like to thank NCVO for providing access to their anonymised dataset and their support in reviewing our analysis.