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  • Small charities struggling from lack of volunteers

    Created: 22/03/2024
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    Recent research by Pro Bono Economics (PBE) and Nottingham Trent University’s National VCSE Data and Insights Observatory shows there is an emerging divide between the experience of smaller organisations and their larger counterparts when it comes to volunteer recruitment. 

    Small charities are finding recovery from the economic shocks of the past year more challenging than the rest of the sector. The research shows they are struggling with a lack of volunteers on top of stretched funding and high demand. 

    Financial challenges for small charities, which make up 80% of the sector overall in the UK, are being compounded by difficulties recruiting volunteers – with six in 10 (59%) small charities surveyed rating volunteer recruitment as their main concern, compared with just 26% of medium charities and 15% of large charities.

    For charities of all sizes, the combination of heightened demand, precarious finances and challenges recruiting volunteers and staff over the past year has taken its toll on the workforce.

    The FVA Volunteering Development Team are here to support you with volunteer recruitment. E-mail [email protected] for help and guidance if you need it. 

    Read more about the research here. 




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