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DATA. TRENDS. INSIGHTS.
Almost half of the population volunteered their time informally to help others at least once in 2021/22, back down from the increased levels seen in the earlier stages of the pandemic.
After adjusting spend in previous years for inflation, (in 2020/21), combined income fell for charities of all sizes. There was a faster rate of decline at 11% for micro, small and medium-sized organisations.
Informal volunteering at least once a month had increased from 28% in 2019/20 to 33% in 2020/21, reflecting the impact of the pandemic. In 2021/22, this dropped to the pre-pandemic level of 26%.
In the last 12 months, 27% of those who identify as white have volunteered formally at least once. This is lower than among those identifying as being from a mixed ethnic background (35%).