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Community Life Survey and Taking Part Survey 2017-18: Focus on volunteering by age and gender

By September 4, 2019National News

This report uses data from two surveys commissioned by DCMS to explore volunteering in England in more detail: the Community Life Survey and the Taking Part Survey.

It expands on previous statistical releases by considering two age groups in particular: adults aged 25-34 and those aged 35-49. It also explores the influence of gender on volunteering behaviours within these age groups.

The Community Life Survey is a household self-completion study of adults aged 16+ in England. The survey is a key evidence source on social cohesion, community engagement and social action. The Taking Part Survey is a household survey in England and measures engagement with the cultural sectors. The data are widely used by policy officials, practitioners, academics and charities.

2017-18 key findings

  • Among women, 25-34 year olds were the least likely of all age groups to participate in formal volunteering
  • A greater proportion of volunteers in the Sports and Heritage sectors were men than women
  • Men and women aged 35-49 were more likely to volunteer in connection with the needs of their family and friends than other age groups
  • The most commonly felt barriers to volunteering were felt differently by men and women of different age groups

You can read the report as an online pdf here

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