23 February 2005
A national charity in the UK today published a major new report revealing that their volunteers have given more than 6,000 years of their time to helping others in the last decade.
The report by Community Service Volunteers (CSV), the UK's largest volunteering and training charity, demonstrates how its army of full time volunteers support young offenders, homeless people, adults with learning difficulties and carers.
More than 11,000 volunteers have committed the equivalent of 6,000 years of their time through CSV in the last 10 years.
The study has been published to coincide with the build-up to the findings of the Russell Commission which will advise government on a new national framework for youth action and engagement in their communities.
CSV's report reveals that 76 per cent of full-time volunteers feel the experience offers a chance to experience independence, with 71 per cent indicating that volunteering gave them a chance to mature.
Of the CSV full-time volunteers who were polled 90 per cent indicated that they would like to carry on volunteering in the future.
The report also shows that the majority of its volunteers are aged between 18 and 34-years-old with a two-thirds (65 per cent) take-up of opportunities by women and a further third (35 per cent) by men.
CSV is using the report to help the Government recognize how the energy of young people can be successfully channelled into benefiting their communities as part of its response to the Russell Commission.
Executive director of CSV, Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, said: "Full-time volunteers giving a year of service make a hugely-needed impact in health, education and care. Not only do they help people directly, but they support over-stretched staff who welcome their dependability.”
The positive impact of volunteers is being demonstrated throughout the Year of the Volunteer which is being coordinated by CSV and Volunteering England with the backing of UK’s Home Office.