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Community spirit

What motivates people to get involved in their community – or not?

From the research team at IVAR

Take a look at this breakdown of motivations and (dis)incentives to get involved in your community from our interim findings. It explores what motivates people to get involved and what gets in the way.

Wanting to correct an injustice, make life and the place you live better or feeling responsible for others in your community – these are three of the things that make people want to take action.

‘Care and consideration for other people and the future’

Believing you can make a difference, having role models or having the money and time to volunteer are all key factors in helping people get involved.

‘Somebody you trust says … this is going on, why don’t you join in, you’ve got something to say’

Fear of drawing attention to yourself, poor health or caring duties can make it more difficult to participate in community activities.

‘It’s very hard for them to do community work because they are struggling to meet the absolutely pressing needs pouring through the door’