An interesting WMRO posting on volunteering rates in the West Midlands during the recession…

“New Citizenship Survey data published last week by CLG show volunteering levels have remained almost static over the past year in England. […] rates of volunteering are lower in the West Midlands than average. Also, within the region, the areas with the highest rates of worklessness have the lowest rates of volunteering. While the rate of regular volunteering in Malvern Hills is 33%, in Stoke-on-Trent and Sandwell it is half that at just 16%.”