Volunteering is widely used as a measure of community engagement and social connections because of its importance in increasing social cohesion and improving quality of life. Volunteers create, support and sustain organisations that provide vital services in areas, such as social and health care, help community sport, recreation, arts and culture thrive, and play an integral part in protecting and enhancing Jersey's natural environment.
This indicator uses data from the Jersey Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, which surveys a representative sample of adults in Jersey. In 2019, 43% of respondents reported having done some volunteering in the last 12 months. Of those people who did volunteer, 29% volunteered weekly and another 27% monthly. These results show no significant change since 2017, but longer term comparison suggests that, while more people might do some volunteering, the overall amount of time they commit is reducing.