Young people and motivations for volunteering

A variety of research was released to coincide with Volunteers’ Week last month examining the motivations as well as the barriers young people face when volunteering. Research (PDF 707 KB) conducted by V and the National Youth Agency on behalf of the DFES identified that young people were put off volunteering by perceived issues such as not having enough time, not knowing how to get involved in relevant projects or feeling that they didn't have anything to offer. Young men in particular have different factors that affect their motivations to volunteer. Children’s charities NCH and Chance UK recently conducted some research with ICM and found that a number of young men don't volunteer because they are afraid of public perceptions and the increased professionalisation of volunteering such as CRB checks. This is causing recruitment difficulties for male volunteers and a lack of male role models for vulnerable male children. However, as a recent Guardian article argues, it is not all bad news and there is some encouraging evidence that by no means all young people today are characterised by self-obsession and apathy. Many do care passionately about current issues such as global warning and poverty and are willing to play a role in combating them.

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