Agenda Item No.

Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 9th July 2014


Report on the Voluntary Sector


Economic Value of Volunteering within the Vale of Glamorgan




Purpose of the Report

1. To provide an annual report on the economic value of volunteering within the Vale of Glamorgan



1. The Vale Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee receive the report for information and acknowledges the seventy one fold return on their investment through voluntary activity alone.


2. This report should also be referred to the Cabinet and other members of the Council for information.


Reason for the Recommendation

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



4. This audit of voluntary activity was firstly undertaken by the Vale Volunteer Bureau in 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.


Relevant Issues and Options

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


6. 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.  We then applied a figure of £11.08 which according to the 2011 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings is the average hourly rate. A calculation based on this hourly rate and the information we received from recruiting organisations was undertaken by the Vale Volunteer Bureau.


7. In comparison with the previous year the monetary value of volunteering has risen from £34,942,587 to £46,470,000. This is an increase of £11,527,413.


8. There has 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. This year this has also increased to 4,194,043. A rise of 1,040,380.


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


Resource Implications

10. The Vale of Glamorgan Council provides £650,000 to the Voluntary Sector by way of grant assistance. It is evident that this small investment provides a staggering return in voluntary activity within the Vale of Glamorgan.

Crime and Disorder Implications

11. Increased volunteering leads to greater social inclusion; several volunteering opportunities assist in the promotion of community safety, diversionary activities for young people and crime reduction.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12. We aim to provide volunteering opportunities to all sections of the community.



Contact Officer:

Alison Steere 

Vale Volunteer Bureau

(01446) 421782