35% cent of Russians have acted as mentors for volunteers

The All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre: Thirty-five per cent of Russians have acted as mentors for volunteers



Published by ASI, Moscow


The All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre conducted a survey last September to determine the degree of awareness among Russians about volunteering and voluntary work involving 1,612 respondents aged 18 and over across 80 different regions.


98% of those who took part in the research are familiar with the work of volunteers, with only two per cent having no previous knowledge of such activity. More than half (61%) know a lot about being a volunteer.


The main reasons cited by respondents for participating in voluntary work were:


  • A desire to feel useful – 54%;
  • An opportunity to help resolve other people’s problems – 36%;
  • A wish to put into effect their values and beliefs – 22%


More often than not, respondents acted as mentors, passed on their experience and educated children (35%), as well as taking part in environmental work (33%).


Volunteer bodies are trusted by more than 83% of the public and 58% approve or have respect for their activities. Most respondents said they would be supportive if a friend decided to become a volunteer.


According to participants in the research, volunteers should be mainly involved in searching for missing persons (93%), helping citizens affected by armed conflict (88%) and work in the social sector (87%). People with disabilities, children left without parental care and the elderly need the help of volunteers the most (74%).


People between 35 and 44 years of age were the most active volunteers (30%) and, to a lesser extent, 25 to 34 year olds (25%). Only 21% of respondents aged between 18 and 24 were involved in voluntary work.



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