The focus of the research presented in this report has been on whether voluntary activity can improve an individual's ability to gain, maintain or improve their employment.

The main aims of the research are to investigate the nature of the link between volunteering and employability and the mechanisms operating, and, establish whether there are circumstances in which unemployed people who volunteer increase their employability compared to similar people who do not volunteer.

The report explores the characteristics of those who volunteer and those who do not and analyses the nature of the volunteering experience that survey participants have had. It also looks at who benefits and how and presents a summary of the findings of the analysis.


  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Who volunteers?
  • The volunteering experience
  • Who benefits and how
  • Summary of findings
  • Annex