INTERPRETING THE DATA IN THIS REPORT
Differences between the data items discussed in this publication are statistically significant, unless otherwise noted. For further information about statistical significance, please refer to the 'Technical Note: Data Quality' in this publication.
The common denominator in the tables is 'persons volunteered in the previous 12 months'. There are two ways to analyse and interpret the data - by looking at the volunteer rates according to the characteristics of the volunteers and by looking at the differences in the characteristics according to the activity of the volunteers. For example, in Table 3.2, the data indicate that 38% (3.2 million) of the female population aged 18 years and over volunteered compared with 34% (2.8 million) of males, however of the 6.1 million volunteers, 53% were female.
People who volunteer may be involved with more than one organisation and more than one type of organisation. Consequently, there are three groupings of volunteers described within this report. For ease of interpretation they are described as, volunteers for:
- sport and physical recreation organisations only
- other organisations only
- sport and physical recreation organisations (i.e. the word 'only' is omitted). This is used for those people who volunteered for both types of organisations.