Lack of time main obstacle to volunteering says research
31 May 2005

London: A research carried out by KPMG/YouGov in the UK has found that 45 per cent of those who do not volunteer blame lack of time, not apathy, for preventing them getting involved in volunteering activities.

The findings did highlight a desire among many to become more involved in socially responsibility activities with 22 per cent of employed people stating that they would like their employers to offer volunteering schemes, recycling programmes and payroll giving. Fifteen per cent of employed people are already actively involved in these activities.

Mike Kelly, director of corporate social responsibility, KPMG LLP (UK) said: “KPMG is one of many organizations that support volunteering. The decision to volunteer is of course entirely up to the individual, but from our experience providing employees with time in their working week for volunteering has wider benefits.

“In addition to helping others, we have found that the opportunity to volunteer is attractive to prospective employees, broadens people’s skills and helps motivate them. It benefits all parties.

We also find that everyone has skills to offer when it comes to volunteering. Some feel most comfortable using their business skills to help others whilst many enjoy developing entirely new skills through their volunteering activities.”

Those who do volunteer are most likely to work with children and young people (25 per cent) followed by working with animals (13 per cent), the sick or ill (11 per cent), the elderly (8 per cent), and disadvantaged (8 per cent).

The survey was conducted between 17 -19 May 2005 in celebration of UK’s National Volunteering Week, 1-7 June. YouGov interviewed a sample of 2,245 adults, weighted to be representative of the adult population. The survey was carried out online.

KPMG is the global network of professional services firms who provide audit, tax and advisory services.

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