Vale of Glamorgan Council
Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison
Committee Meeting 17th October 2012
Report on the Voluntary
Economic Value of Volunteering within
the Vale of Glamorgan
1. Aim of the
To provide an annual report on the economic
value of volunteering within the Vale of Glamorgan that also
includes information on demographics.
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
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
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
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
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
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
6.2 This report should also be referred to the
Cabinet and other members of the Council for information.
Contact Officer: Alison
Vale Volunteer Bureau