Voluntary Work

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate his Department has made of the proportion of the population involved in volunteering.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Data from the Citizenship Survey, last conducted by DCLG in 2010-11, show:

25% take part in formal volunteering (which is classed as giving unpaid help through groups, clubs or organisations to benefit other people or the environment) once a month;

39% take part in formal volunteering once a year;

29% take part in informal volunteering (which is classed as giving unpaid help as an individual to people who are not relatives) once a month;

55% take part in informal volunteering once a year.

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