"Recent years have seen a huge push by the government and voluntary sector to encourage youth volunteering. Rates of volunteering among 16-25 year olds rose by 50% between 2010 and 2015. Millions of young people have been mobilised. It’s a great success story.

But at the same time, and without any of the same kind of attention, people at the other end of the age spectrum have continued to do their bit. Those aged over 75 are just as likely to volunteer once a month as people aged 16-49..."

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