THE craze for volunteering, sparked by the Olympic Games this
summer, is over already, the Church Urban Fund (CUF) has warned, as
it published a new survey.
The charity said that the Olympic and Paralympic Games had given
a huge but temporary boost to volunteering, but its own research
has suggested tha,t now the Games were over, so was people's
About 70,000 people volunteered this summer help out at the
Games, from a totawl of 250,000 applicants. The Gamesmakers were
praised by Lord Coe at the closing ceremony of the Games, and they
drew the biggest ovation of the night.
The chairman of trustees at the CUF, Paul Hackwood, said: "For
four weeks this summer, the whole country seemed to catch the
volunteering bug. Even those of us who weren't able to get involved
were proud of our friends and colleagues who made the Games such a
success. It will be a bitter disappointment if the legacy of the
Games does not inspire the generation of volunteers we need to
tackle our social problems."
CUF commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out the survey, The
Volunteering Gap, better to understand volunteering in
England, after the scrapping of the Government's national
volunteering survey. It questioned 2000 people over the age of 15,
and found that only a third of people volunteered at all, and just
17 per cent offered time to volunteer for charities or community
People living in the north of England were found to be more
likely to volunteer to help those who were socially disadvantaged -
19 per cent - compared with just four per cent of people in London,
and 12 per cent in the south.
Among those volunteering up to 20 hours a month, the survey
found, there were slightly more volunteers who said that they were
active members of a religion than who said that they did not
practise any religion at all. But, among those volunteering for
more than 30 hours a month, there was no difference in religious
affiliation, the survey said.
Mr Hackwood said: "Our findings expose a worrying lack of
English volunteers for UK charities. Projects Church Urban Fund
work with tell us every day that they're held back because they
can't find enough people who want to work with the