Volunteering ‘below the radar’? Informal volunteering in deprived urban Scotland

The Gathering 2018

Year of publication
Mike Woolvin and Helen Harper (Volunteer Scotland)

Research briefing looking volunteering in different areas and groups, looking at voluntary participation in its broadest sense to help inform future research, policy and practice.

Key findings

  • Current research in Scotland focuses on ‘formal volunteering’ (through a third party) rather than ‘informal’ (helping out a friend or neighbour).
  • Recent policy documents rely – often implicitly – on voluntary participation in order to achieve their goals.
  • Research shows rates of formal and informal volunteering differ between different populations and locations.
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