23 February 2007
Volunteering is increasingly centred on volunteers' benefits according to a survey released today by Volunteering England (VE), the national development agency for volunteering.
Over 60% of the 1,000 respondents believe that “volunteering has become more about what you get, rather than what you give.”
The online poll was carried out to celebrate the launch of the VE-sponsored Volunteering Village, set to inspire people to make a change in their lives to increase their wellbeing, confidence and self-fulfilment.
Christopher Spence CBE, chief executive of Volunteering England, said:
“It is interesting to see how the perception of volunteering changes – here at VE, we passionately believe that volunteering is about both giving and getting. In my experience, the most successful and satisfying opportunities come about when volunteers are aware of the benefits to themselves, as well as to the cause. This enables individuals to see their contribution in a broader context, and the charity gains focused and motivated volunteers – it’s a win-win situation.
“Volunteering has the power to change lives, and it is amazing to see how people develop when they find an opportunity that matches their skills and values. If people do start volunteering with “what’s in it for me” in mind, they almost always come to appreciate how their contribution has a significant and positive impact on those they are helping.”