Voluntary Sector Worth Millions to East Sussex

New research has found that voluntary and community groups in East Sussex have a combined annual income of £476 million, and the sector is a major employer of 7% of the county’s working age population.

 

These were just some of the findings of the new report ‘Valuing the Voluntary Sector: The economic impact of voluntary and community organisations in East Sussex’. The report is based on a countywide survey of the voluntary and community sector undertaken in 2010 by the three Councils for Voluntary Services (CVSs) in East Sussex - 3VA, Hastings Voluntary Action and RVA.

 

The research also revealed that 12 per cent of people across the county contribute over 130,000 hours of their time to voluntary work every week. Using the average wage for East Sussex, the hours donated by volunteers are equal to £1,599,973.55 every week; which is an annual contribution of nearly £80 million!

 

A PDF copy of the report can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

 

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