National voluntary sector network NCVO has released a new report which highlights the value of volunteering:
- 90 percent of volunteers felt that their volunteering made a difference
- 93 percent of volunteers enjoy what they do
- 90 percent said it gave them a sense of personal achievement
- Over 3/4 of volunteers say that their volunteering improves their mental health and wellbeing.
- Almost nine in ten volunteers say they have met new people.
People from lower socio-economic groups are less likely to volunteer than those from higher ones. Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the NCVO, said: “Volunteering can be truly transformative for people’s lives. It reduces isolation, improves confidence, provides new experiences, improves employment prospects and fundamentally it’s deeply rewarding. But sadly, those who stand to benefit the most from volunteering are less likely to be involved.”