Poles increasingly engaged in social initiatives

Eleven percent of the Polish public sacrifice time for social initiatives involved with helping children and almost 10 percent are active on behalf of the sick, elderly or homeless, according to a report by the CBOS pollster.

Interest in trade union activity has dropped, the Tuesday-published research showed.

CBOS asked respondents whether they actively sacrificed their spare time for - rather than simply belonging to - social initiatives including foundations, unions, associations or local government or political parties. 

The report's authors note that in the last two years there has been a rise in the declared engagement in self-help societies and movements (up by 1.4 percentage points), organisations supporting healthcare centres (up 1.4 pps), associations of gardeners, breeders, fishermen and hunters (1.1 pps up) charity organisations supporting needy children (1 pp up) and adults (1 pp up) as well as religious and church organisations (up by 1 percentage point). 

According to the research, Poles most commonly sacrifice their time for organisations helping children (11 percent) as well as adults, including the sick, the disabled, the elderly, the poor and the homeless (9.6 percent). One in ten (10.3 percent) is active on behalf of a family committee, family council, school or college foundation or other organisation active in education. Poles are also active in religious and church movements (7.9 percent), sports clubs and associations (7.1 percent) and gardening, breeding, fishing and hunting associations (6.1 percent). 

A further 5.3. percent declared they were engaged in the volunteer fire service, volunteer mountain rescue service or other social rescue institution, and 5.2 percent were involved in scouting, student associations or other youth organisations.