The Kent Volunteering Summer Survey 2022 results

A happiness scale

In total, 216 people across the county completed the survey. Here are the key findings…

Those representing health, social welfare and youth charities were the largest group of respondents.

The majority of the respondents agree that it has been more difficult to recruit volunteers in the last two years. While there weren’t many obvious trends in the type of charities struggling with the recruitment and retention of volunteers, it did seem that facilities-led charities seemed to be least affected. Arts charities were the stand-out category in the question that asked about numbers of volunteers – most said they had less now.

It was clear that respondents are united in thinking there are fewer volunteers now, and there was a lot of generosity among respondents when it came to offering ideas on how to resolve this.

When it comes to volunteering for young people, the majority of the charities did offer opportunities, but the main barrier to young people getting involved was a lack of applicants. Again, there were lots of ideas for how this could be improved, with the most popular suggestion being to improve links with educational institutions.

Almost 90% of respondents felt a collective website was a good idea, although awareness of the existing Kent website was slightly lower, with around two-quarters saying they knew about Kent Volunteers. Awareness of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was just under 50%.

The top suggestions for improving engagement in volunteering were raising awareness, developing a range of ways to recruit volunteers (including making use of social media for young people), and providing incentives for volunteers.

If you would like to find out more about the Queens Award for Voluntary Service you can find information here.

A happiness scale