Increase in volunteer sector

Volunteering figures are soaring across the UK, according to a new report. says that the boost in volunteering is likely down to the massive success of the London 2012 programme, which saw 70,000 people give up their time to assist with the games. Many, who have full-time jobs in London, seem to be continuing the trend.

According to the report, many charities have witnessed a doubling in enquiries since last summer as professionals look to ‘give something back’.

It is not simply volunteering that is seeing a marked increase, but trusteeships too. Trustees Unlimited says that trustees tend to be full-time professionals, trying to gain additional experience outside their careers, or simply to give something back to their community.

“Becoming a trustee can enhance the appeal of CVs for people looking for more senior roles in their 30s and early 40s,” says Ian Joseph, Chief Executive of Trustees Unlimited.

“We have noticed a big rise in demand for trustee positions amongst mid life professionals working full time who might want a change of direction, add a new dimension to their careers or simply do something more philanthropic.”

However, warned that paid jobs could be being lost to volunteers; a phenomenon the organisation said it was noticing increasingly in the museum sector.

by Sean McGrath on October 2, 2013

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