Research :: Volunteering

Urban/Rural Differences in Volunteering

Recent shifts in government policy, both at the UK level and in Scotland, have led to greater funding scrutiny and a need to understand how communities, individuals and volunteers can participate in, shape and support sustainable public services. This policy shift towards a co-production agenda is predicated on the assumption that levels and distribution of volunteering can meet this demand now and in the future.

Volunteering & Employability

Much attention has been given by the UK government to volunteering as a possible solution to various social problems including high levels of unemployment. Several initiatives have been introfuced that recommend or require that unemployed people receiving unemployment benefits do voluntary work. These initiatives are based on the assumption that doing voluntary work enhances the employability of an unemployed person and increases their chances of securing a paid job. Yet currently there is no convincing research evidence that people who do undertake voluntary work while unemployed have an advantage over non-volunteers in the job market, especially during the current economic recession.