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Welcome to the Taking Part update

The Taking Part 2013/14 Quarter 1 Adult Report was published today.

Key Findings:

2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Culture
Volunteering and charitable giving
Digital engagement
Equalities

2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

- Over the year, July 2012 – June 2013, 22 per cent of respondents who had taken part in sport or recreational activity answered that the UK winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympics had motivated them to do more of these activities, an increase from 8 per cent in 2005/06.  Most of this increase has been since 2011/12.

- 8 per cent of respondents who had taken part in cultural activities felt that the UK winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympics 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.

- 92 per cent of adults intended to follow or followed the London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic Games, for example by watching on television at home.

- 19 per cent of adults got actively involved, or intended to get actively involved in the Games. For example, by attending a ticketed Olympic or Paralympic event.

- Over three quarters (78%) of adults were slightly or strongly supportive of the UK hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Attitudes have fluctuated since 2005/06 (71% slightly or strongly supportive), with a low in 2007/08 of 60 per cent. Increases in overall support since 2011/12 have been driven by a substantial increase in those strongly supportive of the Games.


Culture

- Nearly three quarters (72%) of adults visited a heritage site in the last year. This represents a significant increase of 3 percentage points since the survey began in 2005/06 but a significant decrease since 2011/12 (74%). 

- Over July 2012 – June 2013, the majority of adults (53%) had visited a museum or gallery in the last year.  This was higher than in any survey year between 2005/06 and 2011/12. 

- The proportion of adults who had visited a museum or gallery in the 12 months prior to being interviewed has significantly increased since 2005/06 (from 42% to 53%). This has been an upward trend since 2008/09. 

- 36 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 and 39 per cent in 2011/12. 

- 78 per cent of adults had attended or participated in the arts in the previous year, a significant increase since 2005/06 (76%) and 2010/11 (76%). In June 2012 – July 2013, art engagement was at a similar rate to 2011/12 (78%) but higher than any other previous survey year from 2005/06 onwards. The upward trend has only been present recently, prior to 2011/12 art engagement had been fairly stable.
 

Volunteering and charitable giving

- The proportion of adults who had volunteered in the last 12 months was 25 per cent, a small but significant increase from 24 per cent in 2005/06. 9 per cent of all adults had volunteered in a DCMS sector (Arts, Museums or Galleries, Heritage, Libraries, Archives, Sport). This was a significant increase from 7 per cent in 2005/06 and 2011/12.

- There has been a significant increase in the proportion of adults aged 16-24 years (up from 25% to 31%) and women (25% to 28%) who had volunteered in the last 12 months compared to 2005/06. 

- 16 per cent of 16-24 year olds said the UK hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has motivated them to do more voluntary work. 

- 90 per cent of adults had donated money (including donations into a collection box) in the last 12 months and 31 per cent of adults had donated to a DCMS sector. These were both at a similar level to 2010/11.
 

Digital Engagement

- 30 per cent of adults had visited a museum or gallery website in the year ending June 2013, a substantial increase since data collection began in 2005/06 when the figure was 16 per cent.

- Since 2005/06, the proportion of people who have visited heritage websites significantly increased from 18 per cent to 30 per cent. 

- In the year ending June 2013, 16 per cent of adults had visited a library website in the 12 months prior to being interviewed, a significant increase from 9 per cent in 2005/06.

 

Equalities

- Women had higher participation rates than men in the 12 months prior to being interviewed for these measures:
  • 42 per cent had visited a library compared to 30 per cent for men.
  • 28 per cent had taken part in voluntary work compared to 22 per cent for men.
  • 81 per cent had engaged with the arts compared to 75 per cent for men.

 
- Respondents from BME (Black and minority ethnic) groups had higher participation rates than those from the white group in the 12 months prior to being interviewed for these measures:

  • 46 per cent had visited a library compared to 35 per cent of those from the white group.
  • 84 per cent were supportive of the UK hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games compared to 77 per cent of those from the white group.

 
- Disabled people (including those with a long term limiting illness) had lower participation rates in some sectors than non-disabled people.  In the 12 months prior to being interviewed:

  • 48 per cent had visited a museum or gallery compared to 55 per cent for non-disabled people.
  • 38 per cent had digitally engaged with a DCMS sector compared to 44 per cent for non-disabled people.
  • 69 per cent had visited a heritage site compared to 74 per cent for non-disabled people.
  • 73 per cent had engaged with the arts compared to 81 per cent for non-disabled people.

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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.

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