Volunteer Ireland statistics

Volunteer Ireland manages I-VOL, the national database of volunteering opportunities. As such we have a wide range of statistics on volunteering including age demographics, gender and nationality. In 2016, over 14,000 volunteers registered with I-VOL contributing over 490,000 volunteer hours. See below for more 2016 statistics.

Volunteers by gender

Volunteers by age

Other statistics

Central Statistics Office

In 2013, the CSO included questions about volunteering in the Q3 Quarterly National Household Survey. A number of questions were asked around time spent volunteering, type of volunteering and impact of volunteering. The full results can be accessed here. See some select statistics below.

  • 28.4% of adults in Ireland volunteer. For context, that over a quarter of the population or over 1 million people.
  • 65% of those who volunteered were over the age of 45.
  • Half of all volunteering was work carried out directly by individuals (informal) rather than through organisations (formal).
  • Those who volunteered, whether they were male or female, were more likely to rate their level of life satisfaction as ‘very high’ or high’ than those who did not volunteer.