Research and analysis

Engaging adults in youth volunteering

Study looking into youth volunteering and the barriers which adult volunteers face when coming into contact with young people.


Engaging adults in youth volunteering


In the last decade, volunteering has increasingly been seen as a central act of citizenship and important for strategies related to civic renewal. This development reflects an acknowledgement of the perceived benefits for volunteers and society more generally of engaging in pro-social activities.

This study looks at:

  • the motivations to enter volunteering
  • the barriers and facilitators to entering and remaining as a volunteer
  • the factors that can change behaviour to encourage and retain volunteers

It looks at 3 important stages along the route to becoming a volunteer at which points various factors could influence whether or not people do.

Published 26 January 2012