This report details the findings of a national study of volunteering and charitable giving – termed Helping Out – carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) in partnership with the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) in 2006/07. The study was carried out on behalf of the Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office. It builds on three earlier National Surveys of Volunteering, conducted in 1981, 1991 and 1997.
Volunteering and charitable giving are both hot topics. Never before has the UK government directed such attention to volunteering, or invested so heavily in initiatives to promote it. Similarly, government in recent years has devoted increasing attention to supporting charitable giving by developing new forms of tax-efficient methods and encouraging employers to support giving among their employees.