Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 5TH NOVEMBER, 2012
REFERENCE FROM VOLUNTARY SECTOR JOINT LIAISON COMMITTEE: 17TH OCTOBER, 2012
“452 ECONOMIC VALUE OF VOLUNTEERING WITHIN THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN (VS) -
Committee received the annual report on the Economic Value of Volunteering Within the Vale of Glamorgan which also included information on demographics. In comparison with the previous year the amount had risen from £28,218,456 to £29,487,731. The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan had been presented with a cheque for that amount at a presentation evening he had hosted to recognise volunteering within the Vale of Glamorgan. The statistics were based on 1,925 volunteers who were currently volunteering. Of those, 1,307 were women and 618 men. The most popular age group to volunteer were those aged 50+ followed by those aged 16 - 24. With regards to the employment status of volunteers, unemployed people were more likely to be involved in volunteering followed by those who were retired and then by students. That, in fact, showed a change from the previous year where most of those likely to be involved in volunteering were those who had retired. It was generally accepted that there had also been a change in the motivation for volunteering and a move away in certain cases from purely altruism. Young people in particular saw volunteering as a way, for example, of gaining experience and widening their skills base.
Committee was reminded that the Council provided £720,000 to the Voluntary Sector by way of grant assistance and that the investment provided a staggering return in voluntary activity in the Vale of Glamorgan. Discussion ensued on the accuracy of the economic value of volunteering as currently calculated given that the figure of £10.42 per hour used was based on a figure recommended in 2003. Members asked that the next report on the topic reflect, if feasible, real time figures and show the number of hours spent undertaking volunteer work.
(1) T H A T the report be noted, that the 41 fold return on the investment made through grant assistance be acknowledged and that all organisations and volunteers involved be thanked for their efforts.
(2) T H A T, in recognising the value of volunteering, cuts to voluntary sector funding be avoided where possible.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet and all other Members of the Council for information.
Reasons for recommendations
(1&2) To have regard to the information presented, acknowledge the return on the investment through grant aid and to show appreciation.
(3) To inform all Members of the Council.”
Attached as Appendix – Report to Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 17th October, 2012