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Volunteering in Edinburgh 2017

Volunteers have always been at the very heart of the third sector and increasingly the public sector. Without willing volunteers, voluntary organisations large and small would not be able to deliver their services. We are all however working within a landscape that continues to change.

There are many challenges within the public and voluntary sectors and the pressure on organisations has rarely been stronger. In a time, without argument, where there is less funding and increased service demand, volunteers all too often are being asked to pick up the slack. In this environment the pressure on volunteer recruiters has never been greater.

This report summaries findings from our annual survey of volunteer involving organisations [1] completed during November and December of 2016 and utilises data from the Scottish Household Survey 2015 [2].

Together they give an indication of the general health of volunteering in Edinburgh today.

We are really grateful to all of you who took the time to complete our annual survey. Survey fatigue is real! However we hope that this gives a useful insight into Edinburgh’s volunteering landscape.

To read the report please click here.


[1] 291 organisations took part
[2] Published November 2016