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1. Main facts and figures
from 2016 to 2017, a quarter of Black respondents took part in regular formal volunteering, a similar percentage to White respondents
those of Asian and Mixed ethnicity were less likely to volunteer at least once a month on a formal basis
The ethnic categories used in this data
For this data, the number of adults surveyed (the ‘sample size’) was too small to draw any firm conclusions about specific ethnic categories. Therefore, the data is broken down into the following 5 broad groups:
2. Regular formal volunteering by ethnicity
Summary of Volunteering Regular formal volunteering by ethnicity Summary
The Community Life Survey is a survey of households in England. It is carried out through questionnaires that respondents complete online or on paper. The 2016/17 survey consisted of a sample size of 10,256 individuals.
The survey has deliberately surveyed more households from ethnic minority groups (excluding White ethnic minorities). This is because the smaller populations of these groups would otherwise give less reliable results.
The results for this sample have been weighted to be representative of the population of England in terms of age, gender, degree level education, housing tenure, region, household size and ethnic group. This helped to compensate for any differences between adults who were more likely to respond to the survey and those less likely to. It also took account of the over-sampling in any national estimates.
In 2016/17, the survey moved from face-to-face to online/paper data collection. This change in data collection method means results for 2016/17 are not comparable with results for earlier years.
The 2016/17 survey sample is large enough for the results to be broken down by the broad ethnic groups. In previous years, sample sizes for this survey were conducted face to face and in more recent years they had considerably smaller sample sizes. The smaller samples sizes meant it was only possible to compare ethnic groups at a very high level, comparing White adults with adults of all Other ethnic groups.
In the most recent survey years, sample sizes were anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 respondents, which was too small for reliable conclusions about differences between the White and Other ethnic groups.
For these reasons, results for 2016/17 are not being compared with those from previous surveys. For earlier years, results for ‘White’ and ‘Other’ are available in the published tables in the series of releases for the Community Life Survey.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Results are not published when based on fewer than 30 respondents. All the results presented here are based on sample sizes of more than 100 respondents.
Estimates in the charts and tables are given to the nearest percentage. More detailed estimates to 1 decimal place are available in the download.
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Purpose of data source
The Community Life Survey tracks developments in areas that are important to encouraging social action and empowering communities.
- volunteering and charitable giving
- neighbourhood (views about the local area, community cohesion and belonging)
- civic engagement and social action
5. Download the data
This file contains the following: ethnicity, time, value, sample size