New volunteering statistics for Northern Ireland
The Department for Communities and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency have published the new volunteering statistics for N Ireland. These are the first results for volunteering since the questions were moved onto the Continuous Household Survey and cover the period of 2017/8. The Main Findings were:
- In 2017/18, over a quarter (27%) of adults had volunteered within the past year. While trend data is not available from the Continuous Household Survey, this question was previously included on the Omnibus Survey with the most recent figure from 2016 also being 27%.
- Of those who had volunteered in the previous year, 40% had carried out fundraising, 35% had helped in a church or religious organisation and 32% had organised or helped to run a community event.
- The most common ways of finding out about volunteering roles were from someone already involved in the organisation (47%), by word of mouth (40%), and through a church or religious organisation (33%).
For the full report, visit: www.communities-ni.gov.uk