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The Committee received the Annual Report on the economic value of volunteering within the Vale of Glamorgan. 


The Committee was informed that the audit of voluntary activity was firstly undertaken by the VVB 2000 where the monetary value of volunteering was calculated to be £8,207,136. Last year a figure of £34,942,587 was calculated as the average monetary value of voluntary activity in the Vale of Glamorgan.


This exercise was repeated by the VVB at the beginning of 2014.  Questionnaires were sent out to all recruiting organisations based in the Vale and registered with VVB.  For the purposes of ascertaining the monetary value of volunteering these averages were then applied to the 190 recruiting organisations registered with the VVB and operating in the Vale of Glamorgan. From this information the VVB were also able to calculate the total number of volunteering hours that had taken place.


The information received from the returned questionnaires provided the average number of active volunteers per organisation, and the average number of hours worked by those volunteers each week.  The figure of £11.08 was then applied which according to the 2011 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings was the average hourly rate.  A calculation based on this hourly rate and the information received from recruiting organisations was undertaken by the VVB.


In comparison with the previous year the monetary value of volunteering had risen from £34,942,587 to £46,470,000, which was an increase of £11,527,413.


There had also been an increase in the number of volunteering hours carried out in the Vale of Glamorgan.  Last year 3,153,663 volunteering hours were conducted and this year it had increased to 4,194,043, an increase of 1,040,380 hours.


This increase can be attributed to the rise in the number of volunteers recruited through the core service and the young persons’ and supported volunteering project. The VCVS also had a greater presence in the Western Vale through outreach sessions and a shop fronted premises in Llantwit Major that is shared with Adult and Community Learning.  This facility was also available to recruiting organisations to use to further promote their services and opportunities.   It should also be noted that this was an average figure and only provided a snap shot of the voluntary activity taking place in the Vale of Glamorgan.  The type of volunteering referred to in this report related to formal volunteering.


Following presentation of the report Members were offered the opportunity to ask questions. A Member noted there had been an astonishing increase in the value of volunteering from the previous year of over £11m and asked if the representative from the VVB could attribute this to anything in particular.  The Committee was informed that it was down to wider society, high levels of unemployment and changes in benefits and that volunteering was now being championed as a route back into employment.  7% of those who volunteered were retired in 2013, 10% were 60+ years and 3% of these 60+ individuals were actively seeking employment and volunteering represented a stepping stone into employment. 


A Member queried the average hourly rate of £11.08 contained within the report and stated that this seemed high and asked whether it was the same figure last year. In response it was confirmed that the figure was £10.42 last year and that the hours for volunteering had increased which had had the biggest impact on the figures. 


A Member recommended that the increase in volunteering hours contained within the report be noted as a remarkable increase. 


Following consideration of the report, the Committee




(1)       T H A T the contents of the report be noted and the 71 fold return on their investment through voluntary activity alone was acknowledged.


(2)       T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet and other Members of the Council for information.



Reasons for recommendations


(1)       To acknowledge the contribution that volunteers make to the Vale of Glamorgan and to provide an annual update on the Compact Action Plan.


(2)       To apprise all Members of the Council with regard to the economic value of volunteering within the Vale of Glamorgan.â€



Attached as Appendix - Report to Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 9th July, 2014