Because of the Covid, two million people have stopped volunteering

The fifth edition of the France Bénévolat/Ifop 2022 barometer, published on March 24, reveals the extent of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on solidarity. Between 2019 and 2022, the workforce has largely decreased, from 13 million people involved in associations to 11 million. Four million volunteers have also had to stop at least part of their activities.

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The outbreak of the epidemic had however caused, first, an influx of new volunteers. Of the 13 million concerned, 10% said they had decided to give their time because of the pandemic. Among them, only two thirds continued to do so in 2022.

26% of volunteers have ceased their activity

Since 2019, 26% of volunteers have ceased their activity. Half say this is due to their association being put on hold due to the pandemic. The vast majority of these people also indicated that they plan to resume volunteering when health restrictions are lifted.

This is the first time that the decline concerns all generations and not just the oldest. It is strongest among 65-year-olds, who were 31% to declare a gift of free time in 2019 compared to 26% in 2022. They are also those who are most vulnerable to Covid-19. It is lower among 15-34 year-olds, whose engagement rate drops from 22% to 16%.

The charity remains stable

For those under 50, there is a shift from associative activities to “direct” volunteering, which refers to informal help, i.e. helping out with a neighbour, friend or member of the community. family. More generally, informal volunteering is progressing to the detriment of associative volunteering.

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This decline is mainly concentrated in cultural and leisure activities. Involvement in charitable social work, that is to say aid to the poorest, has experienced a less significant decrease.

A sharper decline in women than in men

Occasional volunteering, that which occupies only a few hours a year, continues to progress. It represents a third of volunteering activities in 2022. More frequent volunteering is falling sharply, because it was primarily the work of people aged 65 and over, who have more free time but who are also the most vulnerable. against the virus.

Finally, the decline in volunteering is more marked among women than among men, whose engagement rate is becoming higher, whereas it was roughly equal in 2019. This is a return to the situations measured in 2010 , 2013 and 2016, where men were more involved in formal volunteering.


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