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Volunteers Week 2018 - take a look at some stats about volunteering

Posted 4 months ago By Lynn Cadman

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As we celebrate Volunteers Week 2018 we look at some of the stats relating to volunteering…

£22.6bn - the estimated value of the contribution volunteers make to helping UK charities – that’s 1.2% of GDP!

19.8m – the number of people in the UK (37%) who volunteered formally at least once in 2016/17.

11.9m - the number of people in the UK (22%) who volunteered formally at least once a month during 2016/17.

950,000 – the number of charity trustee roles which are filled by c.700,000 individuals for the 168,000 charities in England and Wales.

£76bn – the annual income of registered charities in England and Wales.  75% of registered charities have an income <£100k.

150,000 - the estimated number of new trustees appointed each year by existing and new charities in England and Wales.

These figures highlight just how important volunteers are to a thriving charity and voluntary sector – and therefore society as a whole.

But volunteering doesn’t just benefit charities and the people they support. Research and feedback from volunteers tells us that volunteering is good for those individuals too:

  • Providing a good balance with work and family life.

  • Developing new skills and honing leadership ability.

  • Enhancing wellbeing and boosting self-confidence.

That’s why CABA and ICAEW encourage our members to volunteer.

4,540 people – the number of individuals signed up to www.icaewvolunteers.com to find a volunteering role.

We want to say a big THANK YOU to all ICAEW members who volunteer their time in all sorts of ways, to serve their communities and help charities to make a real difference to the people they support.

New to volunteering? There is no shortage of voluntary roles and different types of not-for-profit organisations – so there’s something out there for everyone.  Whether you’re looking for a finance-related role or to use your business skills indirectly, take a look at www.icaewvolunteers.com for a great range of volunteering roles.


Source: NCVO and Taken on Trust: the awareness and effectiveness of charity trustees in England and Wales published November 2017

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