Students’ volunteering time worth £175m a year, says report

The study by the National Union of Students finds that a third of students devote an average of 44 hours a year to volunteering

About 725,000 student volunteers give time worth about £175m a year, according to a new report from the National Union of Students.

The report, released to coincide with Student Volunteering Week, which starts today, says that about a third of students devote on average about 44 hours a year per person to volunteering.

The data was collected by research by the NUS between July and December, including an online survey of 2,000 students and a series of telephone interviews with key people in the student volunteering scene.

When asked why they volunteered, 78 per cent of respondents to the survey said they wanted to "improve things or help people". Two-thirds said it was a good way to develop skills.

The 69 per cent of respondents who did not volunteer said the major barrier was not having enough time.

Eighteen per cent of all students said they did not think they could afford to do more volunteering than their current levels.

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