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What holds people back from volunteering?

The British public might be willing to participate, but is a lack of time and information holding them back?


Toby Venthem, 29, Barista

To be honest itís never really occurred to me. If I was approached by the right charity and asked to volunteer for them I probably would do it, but itís really not something Iíve ever had suggested to me until now. I have a job, so Iíd have to work out if I had the time for it.


Carlos Nieto, 29, Illustrator

Itís not something Iíve ever pursued in a formal way. Iím almost always working so it would be really difficult for me to make time to volunteer or work for free. I help people out whenever I can and if I was approached to help on a community project, or something that appealed to my professional skills, Iíd probably try to make the time.


Eleanor Sanderson, 30, Barrister

Iíve volunteered in a work context with access schemes to my profession. Iím a barrister so Iíve mentored and done talks to people like myself from state schools who want to come to the Bar. Iíve also taken on pro bono work, advising on appeals in capital cases or similar where there's no legal aid. When something comes along that is really interesting, you make the time for it. The rest of the time you think I donít want to do a bad job so someone whoís got more time can do it properly.


Dan Cowlard, 28, Media professional

I volunteered in Brazil in 2008. I wanted to do something different so I worked with kids in Sao Paulo. Iíve often thought since then that, although that was part of my plan to travel, there are parts of London that could do with people helping out as well. Obviously when I was there I was there specifically for that reason, but here there are work constraints, youíve got to the pay the rent. If Iím honest I might also be a bit lazy about it here.


Maria Hadjiloizou, 45, Estate agent
There are charities that work with causes Iíd be interested in helping with but to be honest at the moment time just doesnít allow it. If you have a day-to-day job, finish late and get home late, and at the weekends youíre shopping and cleaning it doesnít leave much time. If I worked part time or perhaps later on in life, Iíd be quite happy to for a charity.


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