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  • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on volunteering in Scotland

    Created: 26/11/2020

    Volunteer Scotland has been tracking and analysing evidence on informal volunteering, mutual aid and formal volunteering since the start of the lockdown in Scotland (mid-March 2020).

    Key highlights from this research include:

    • Third sector organisations rated mental health (86% of organisations) and loneliness (83% of organisations) as the most pressing challenges facing their communities both during and after lockdown.
    • 2.2. million adults (age 16+) in Scotland volunteered during March – June 2020 to help in ‘befriending or keeping in touch with someone who is at risk of being lonely’.
    • Volunteering participation in Scotland increased by 26% (from 48% to 74%), with informal volunteering (35%) by far the most popular form of volunteering compared to formal volunteering (13%) and mutual aid (16%).
    • Only 13% of organisations have recruited more volunteers during COVID-19 (reflecting the problems of social distancing and reduced operations).

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