Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee Meeting 17th October 2012


Report on the Voluntary Sector


Economic Value of Volunteering within the Vale of Glamorgan


1.   Aim of the Report

To provide an annual report on the economic value of volunteering within the Vale of Glamorgan that also includes information on demographics.


2.   Background

2.1 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.


2.2 Last year a figure of £28,218,456 was calculated as the average monetary value of voluntary activity in the Vale of Glamorgan.


Relevant Issues

3.1 This exercise was repeated by the Vale Volunteer Bureau at the beginning of 2012.


3.2 Questionnaires were sent out to all recruiting organisations based in the Vale and registered with Vale Volunteer Bureau.


3.3 Additional information that was requested from recruiting organisations included the gender, age, employment status and ethnic category of the volunteers. 


3.4 For the purposes of ascertaining the monetary value of volunteering these averages were then applied to the 239 recruiting organisations registered with the Vale Volunteer Bureau and based in the Vale of Glamorgan.


3.5 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. 


3.6 According to the National Statistics New Earnings Survey 2003, a figure of £10.42 was recommended as the hourly rate for volunteering.


3.7 A calculation based on this hourly rate and the information we received from recruiting organisations was undertaken by the Vale Volunteer Bureau.


3.8 In comparison with the previous year the amount has risen from £28,218,456 to £29,487,731. This is an increase of £1,269,275. A cheque for this amount was presented to the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Eric Hacker at a presentation event he hosted to recognise volunteering in the Vale of Glamorgan.


3.9 This rise can be attributed to the increase in the number of volunteers recruited through the bureau, outreach and young person’s service. 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.


4.0 Statistics

4.1 The statistics taken from the questionnaires are based on 1,925 volunteers who are currently volunteering. Of those, 1,307 are women and 618 are men. The most popular age group to volunteer are those aged 50+, this is then followed by those aged 16-24. With regards to the employment status of volunteers, unemployed people are also more likely to be involved in volunteering, followed by those who are retired and then by students. This is a change in the previous year where those most likely to be involved in volunteering where those retired.  In relation to ethnicity more people volunteer who are White/British followed by those who are White/Welsh.


5. Resource Implications

5.1 The Vale of Glamorgan Council provides £720,000 to the Voluntary Sector by way of grant assistance.


5.2 It is evident that this small investment provides a staggering return in voluntary activity within the Vale of Glamorgan.


6. Recommendations

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


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


Contact Officer: Alison Steere

                           Vale Volunteer Bureau

                           (01446) 421782