Is the face of volunteering changing?

For organisations involving volunteers, you might like to have a look at a new publication from IVR (the Institute of Volunteering Research). The research bulletin is one of a series that IVR is publishing to explore and disseminate aspects of ‘Helping Out: a national survey of volunteering and charitable giving’ . It looks at the ‘changing and non-changing faces of volunteering’ and presents some interesting findings on long-standing volunteers and new or recent recruits. In terms of policy and practice implications, the bulletin highlights "the importance to volunteer-involving organisations of long-standing volunteers. This group represents a majority of current volunteers and is amongst the most active. However, recruiting new volunteers is also important if the volunteering sector is to continue to expand. Any initiative in this area should take the particular profile of new and recent recruits into account – for example that they are more likely to come from younger age groups (aged under 45)". It's well worth looking at for those organisations and volunteer managers thinking about how they can recruit new volunteers while keeping existing ones motivated and involved.

Last updated at 15:08 Mon 18/May/09.
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