The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has released the findings of its Taking Part survey on public engagement in sport and culture. The report contains some interesting statistics on volunteering and finds that:
Of the respondents who had volunteered over the period April to December 2010, 34.7% had volunteered within the DCMS sectors. The DCMS sector with the most volunteering was sport with 19.8% of people having volunteered in this area. The next most common was the arts with 8.1%. Libraries and archives saw the lowest rates of volunteering with 0.7 % and 0.5 % respectively.
Between 2005/06 and 2010, there was a statistically significant increase in the number of people volunteering within the arts sector, rising from 6.3 % to 8.1%. The other sectors were largely stable.