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Welcome to the Taking Part update

The Taking Part 2014/15 Quarter 4 Adult Report has now been published and you can read the key findings below.

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We would also like to remind you that the Taking Part User Event will be held on Tuesday 28th July at DCMS. The event will celebrate 10 years of Taking Part, with presentations from users about how they have used the survey, as well as looking at the options for the future of Taking Part. If you would like to reserve a place and have not already done so, or, if you would just like some more information about the event, then please email us at TakingPart@culture.gov.uk.

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Key Findings:
Culture
Volunteering and charitable giving
Digital engagement
Equalities
First World War Centenary
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
 
Culture

• Between April 2014 and March 2015, 77 per cent of adults had attended or participated in the arts at least once in the previous year, a similar rate to 2005/06 and 2013/14 but a statistically significant decrease since 2012/13 (78%).
 
• Since 2005/06, there has been a significant increase in arts engagement in the North West (from 72% to 78%). Engagement in all other regions has remained at a similar rate to 2005/06 and to 2013/14.
 
• In the year to March 2015 over seven in ten adults (73%) had visited a heritage site at least once in the previous 12 months. A statistically significant increase since the survey began in 2005/06 (70%) and since 2010/11 (71%) but a similar rate to all years since. 
 
• Participation rates for heritage across most of the nine English regions remained at a similar level to 2005/06 with the exception of the North East, North West and West Midlands where attendance increased from 69 per cent, 68 per cent and 66 per cent respectively in 2005/06 to 77 per cent, 73 per cent and 71 per cent respectively in the latest results.
 
• In 2014/15, over half of adults (52%) had visited a museum or gallery in the last year. Though a similar proportion to 2013/14 and 2012/13, this was significantly higher than in any survey year between 2005/06 and 2011/12. This increase was seen across all English regions.
 
• 34 per cent of adults had used a library in the 12 months prior to being interviewed, a significant decrease from 48 per cent in 2005/06 but of a similar proportion to 2013/14. The decrease in library attendance since 2005/6 has been seen across all English regions. 

 

Volunteering and charitable giving

• Between April 2014 and March 2015, 24 per cent of adults had volunteered in the last 12 months, a similar rate to 2005/06. 8 per cent of all adults had volunteered in a DCMS sector (arts, museums or galleries, heritage, libraries, archives, sport), a significant increase since 2005/06 (7%) and a slight but significant decrease on the 2012/13 peak (9%).

• In the year to March 2015, 87 per cent of adults had reported that they had donated money in the 12 months prior to interview, a significant decrease since 2010/11 (88%) when the data were first collected. 30 per cent of adults had donated to a DCMS sector, a significant decrease from 33 per cent in 2010/11.

 

 Digital Engagement

• When comparing the latest data to 2011/12, digital engagement in most sectors has remained at a similar level, with the exception of Arts and Museums and Galleries. In 2011/12, 32 per cent of adults had visited a theatre or concert website, whereas this figure decreased to 24 per cent in the latest findings. This could be due to a change in the wording of this question in July 2011. In 2014/15, 28 per cent of adults had visited a museum or gallery website, a significant increase from 26 per cent in 2011/12.

 

Equalities

• In the 12 months prior to being interviewed women had higher engagement rates than men for the following:

  • Visiting a library: 39 per cent had visited compared to 30 per cent for men.
  • Volunteering: 26 per cent had taken part in voluntary work compared to 22 per cent for men.
  • Engagement with the arts: 80 per cent had engaged compared to 73 per cent for men.

• Respondents from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups had a higher engagement rate for visiting a library in the last 12 months than those from the white group (47% compared to 33%).

• In the 12 months prior to being interviewed those with a long standing illness or disability had a significantly lower engagement rate than non-disabled people for engagement in the arts, visiting heritage sites, museums and galleries and libraries and digital participation in cultural sectors.

• Those in the upper socio-economic group had higher participation and engagement rates for all sectors reported on in Taking Part. However, since 2005/06, there have been significant increases in engagement for the lower socio-economic group in arts engagement, heritage and museums and galleries participation.

 

First World War Centenary

• Between July 2014 and March 2015, 57 per cent of adults stated that they were aware of local or national events or activities being held in the UK between 2014 and 2018 to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

• 79 per cent of adults were supportive about the UK commemorating the Centenary of the First World War, reporting that they were either slightly or strongly supportive.

 

2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

• In 2014/15, 24 per cent of respondents who had taken part in sport or recreational activity in the last 12 months answered that the UK hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games had motivated them to do more of these activities, an increase from 8 per cent in 2005/06.  This rate increased dramatically from 7 per cent in 2011/12 to 20 per cent in 2012/13.

• 8 per cent of respondents who had taken part in cultural activities felt that the UK hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games had motivated them to take part in more cultural activities. 10 per cent of those who had volunteered felt it motivated them to do more voluntary work. Both of these measures were significantly higher than in 2010/11 when the data were first collected.

 

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About Taking Part

The Taking Part Survey collects data on many aspects of leisure and culture in England, as well as an in-depth range of socio-demographic information on respondents.

For more information please visit the Taking Part section on the DCMS website.

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23 July 2015  Taking Part 2014/15 Child Report

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