Step Up To Serve and the Office for Civil Society commissioned Ipsos MORI to run the 2016 wave of the National Youth Social Action Survey, a study that has been running alongside the #iwill campaign, which launched in 2013.
Although there has been no statistical change in meaningful social action undertaken by young people since 2014 those living in rural areas are significantly more likely to have participated in meaningful social action in 2016 than in 2014 (up from 36% to 47%); and young people from the least affluent families are also more likely to take part now (up from 31% to 40% of those in socio-economic groups DE – semi-skilled and unskilled manual occupations, unemployed and lowest grade occupations). This means that although young people from the most affluent families are still significantly more likely than those from less affluent backgrounds to have taken part in social action, the gap in participation between the most and least affluent has closed from 20 to 9 percentage points since 2014.
From the research it seems that formal education institutes are the biggest influencing factor on those who are participating in meaningful participation.
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