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DATA. TRENDS. INSIGHTS.
Over half of the population volunteered their time informally at least once during the pandemic, while formal volunteering rates have remained steady
Income from the public contributes half (51%) of all voluntary sector income, and highest in 20 years. This is followed by income from government (26%), which has declined from a peak of 37% in 2009/10.
The pandemic saw levels of formal volunteering fall between 2019/20 and 2020/21 from 37% to 30%. The fall in formal volunteering was bigger for younger people aged under 34 and older people aged 65 and over.
The voluntary sector’s workforce grew 3% over the last year, the fastest growth of any sector over the last decade
There is less ethnic diversity in the voluntary sector workforce than both the public and private sector.
The voluntary sector contributes about £20bn to the UK’s GDP