Diversity and Inclusion statistics for the volunteer workforce


I'm 25 and have been volunteering with my RSPB local group since the beginning of the year. It's very rewarding and enjoyable. I also appreciate the opportunity it's given me; it's great to action my love for nature and know that I'm part of a like-minded community, working together alongside a charity with goals close to my beliefs.

I hope that an admin or staff member can help me answer this question.

I'd like to know what the diversity and inclusion rates are for the volunteer workforce. How many volunteers are there in total, and what are the ratios like in terms of representation for the following? 

- Gender
- Age

In terms of transparency, is there a place where volunteers can find this info themselves? Is there anyone who's working on this internally on behalf of volunteers, and is looking in to ensuring that a broad selection of applicants are going volunteer roles? 

Would be interested in hearing how equal representation is weighted in this area :) 

Thanks, keep up the amazing work!


  • H Jack
    Anyone from the RSPB is very scarce on here so you may not get an answer, try filling this form in and see if you can contact them this way www.rspb.org.uk/.../

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  • Hi Jack,

    Thanks for your volunteering, its great that you are finding it rewarding.

    We are committed to equality and diversity and understanding our own workforce (employees and volunteers), and how this benchmarks us against other organisations, I'll find all the information to answer your questions and get back to you soon with a response.

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  • Hey - thanks. I'll bear that contact form in mind :)

    And thanks - anything you can afford to share hear with me about it would be gratefully received! If you'd prefer to chat over email, ping me privately through the Community and we could continue that way.
  • Hi Jack,

    I've sent you a DM answering your specific questions but for anyone else interested you can find our RSPB Equality, Diversity and Inclusion position statement which is on the “key management policies” on our website at www.rspb.org.uk/.../. It gives an overview of our approach and some specifics around targets until 2022.



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  • In reply to Rhoda Ludford:

    Hi Rhonda,

    I am doing my Msc at the University of Kent on Conservation and Rural Development and I would love to volunteer. How can I do so?

  • In reply to Christell Chesney:

    Rhoda will doubtless be back in a while to answer, but in the meantime, there are lots of opportunities on the main website www.rspb.org.uk/.../ where you can filter them by region etc. Or simply chat to the people at your local reserve - you may well find they have regular work parties that may not find their way onto the official opportunities list.
    It depends what sort of thing you're interested in doing, all reserves need help with practical matters (ie reserve maintenance stuff), but bigger reserves (like my local, Minsmere) will have volunteer roles in the shop, café, reception, guiding visitors and the like


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  • Hi Christell,

    Whistling Joe is absolutely right, best place to start is on our website at www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering to see our current volunteering roles, these are updated regularly as new opportunities arise. You can also contact us directly by emailing volunteers@rspb.org.uk with your specific areas of interest and time you will be available and we can look into finding you a volunteering opportunity to suit you.

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