Millions are ‘doing their bit’ to help out in their communities, according to research.
The study of 2,000 adults found assisting in schools, volunteering in charity shops and litter picking in community spaces are some of the most popular ways they are lending their services.
While others have helped out with Scouts or Brownies, local sports events or given lifts to people in need.
Nearly half (46 per cent) would like to volunteer in the near future, but to date, 47 per cent of those yet to do so admit they previously haven’t had the time, while 24 per cent blame a lack of energy.
Meanwhile, nearly one in five (17 per cent), aren’t sure what exactly to do in terms of volunteering.
Working outdoors, in food banks or helping with animals interests those yet to give away their free time.
The research was commissioned by SPAR, which is giving grants to local voluntary or community organisations and charities who need it most through its Community Cashback scheme.
Suzanne Dover, from the community retailer, said: “It’s great to see the people of the UK doing their bit and helping out local causes.
“Our 2023 Community Cashback programme gives back to the communities served by our network of local retailers.
“We believe in nurturing our neighbourhoods and supporting the communities we serve, and this scheme is another way we are helping to do this, especially now when deserving local organisations need some extra financial support.”
Volunteers’ reasons for getting involved vary, with 56 per cent doing so to help others, and 46 per cent wanting to give back to their community.
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It also emerged 16 per cent have started helping others more in 2023.
And 28 per cent, think the act is good for their own general wellbeing, and 39 per cent enjoying meeting new people.
Psychologist and volunteering expert Dr. Nishat