40% older people engage with voluntary work. 20% help out with two charities, 10% with three and 5% with 4 or more charities.
Men are most likely to volunteer their services to health charities or local football clubs, with women likelier to help children’s charities or lunch clubs.
The vast majority (83%) of the volunteers said they help because they believe charity work is important. Half of those polled said it helps them as they enjoy having a purpose in life. 3% of those questioned said that volunteering gives them the time they need away from their partners and some because they miss the company of others and find it hard to the days. Many people may believe that retirement is an opportunity to sit back and relax but on the contrary, thousands of older people are committed to helping as many people as they can whether in the local…
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