THE Church Times readership survey has indicated a high
level of volunteering by C of E clergy and
More than 4500 responded to our survey last summer and autumn.
One question we asked related to unpaid work. Two-thirds (66.6 per
cent) said that they were currently involvedin some form of unpaid
community work. More than one-third of respondents (34.5 per cent)
said that they were involved in two or more fields.
Education and children's work were the most common, followed by
community action (18.2 per cent), cultural activities (17.6 per
cent), and social welfare (9.5 per cent). Health, the environment,
human rights, world development, and political activity all scored
about five per cent.
Church volunteers are at least twice as active as the general
population. The last Government's citizenship survey, in 2010,
found that 29 per cent of respondents were engaged in some form of
volunteering at least once a month. The degree of civic
participation was 34 per cent.
These national figures include a proportion of churchpeople. One
third (36 per cent) of volunteering was with religious groups. The
degree of community engagement among non-churchpeople, therefore,
was considerably lower.
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