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Covid exacerbating volunteering trends as decline among over 55s accelerates

By August 10, 2020National News

From UK Fundraising

The Covid-19 pandemic may be exacerbating volunteering trends as the crisis forces more older people to step back and sees a greater number of younger age groups giving their time to good causes, nfpSynergy data shows.

nfpSynergy’s Charity Awareness Monitor questions a base of 8,000 UK adults and shows that rates among the over 55s have dropped by about by 10% since 2018.

However, the percentage of 16-24 year olds who said they had volunteered in the last three months when questioned in 2020 has increased from 30% in 2018 to 40%.

While Covid-19 has had a large part to play in this with elderly people self-isolating more strictly than other age groups, and many younger people volunteering during the crisis, nfpSynergy’s data also shows that younger age groups have been increasing their volunteering since 2012, which it says, suggests that Covid-19 has exacerbated an existing trend rather than restructuring the landscape of volunteering.

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