The Melting Pot
Glasgow 2014 was the best Commonwealth Games ever. Our volunteers were recognised for making an enormous positive contribution to the Games and had a brilliant experience at the same time.
Over 50,000 people offered to volunteer at the Games - but each year fewer and fewer people are volunteering in Scotland. Right now, 28 per cent of us give our time at least once a year to a common cause or organisation that needs us. A very small number of volunteers (just 6 per cent) contribute two-thirds of all the volunteering hours. But that still leaves 72 per cent who have never considered volunteering or have volunteered before but have not come back to do it again.
Nesta and Volunteer Scotland are working together to think about volunteering in a different way. Volunteer Jam brought together service designers, technologists, volunteers, community groups, charities and any interested citizens to explore ideas and work together.
Some key questions for Volunteer Jam:
- How do we enable more people to volunteer in Scotland?
- How do we encourage people to keep volunteering once they start?
- What would entice people to come back to volunteering?
- What could we do differently?
- What could we do better?
- What can we do to make volunteering easier for people who want to but don't?