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1 Where is the social capital in Glasgow? A study of volunteer applicants for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Russell Jones

2 Methods Sweep 1 – online questionnaire Recruitment via OC –50,811 volunteer applicants –Conducted prior to status being known 7722 unique responses

3 Questionnaire Motivations Expectations Recent volunteering experience Social capital Self-efficacy Physical activity Mental wellbeing Health Demographics

4 Analysis Restricted to UK respondents (n=7494) Descriptive Frequencies Comparisons by demographics and area Two step binary logistic regression modelling

5 Respondent demographics 2/3 Scottish (13% Glasgow) 2/3 female 58% married/civil partnership/cohabiting 60% aged % employed (only 3% unemployed) 59% educated to 1 st degree or higher (<1% with no education)

6 Notable demographic differences Glasgow younger and less likely to be in stable relationship All Scotland less likely to be educated to 1 st degree or higher

7 Measuring social capital Structural Recent formal volunteering experience (84%) Participation with social groups (87%) Reciprocity (83%) Cognitive Pos. p erceptions of neighbourhood (56% > mean) Trust (80%)

8 Social capital by gender

9 Social capital by age

10 Social capital by marital status

11 Social capital by education

12 Social capital by employment

13 Social capital by area

14 Rest of UK is 159% times more likely to have recent formal volunteering experience than Glasgow VariableOdds Ratiop vs vs Rest of Scotland vs. Glasgow Rest of UK vs. Glasgow

15 Rest of UK is 77% times more likely to have participated in social groups than Glasgow VariableOdds Ratiop vs vs st degree + vs. some educ. Part-time vs. full-time Retired vs. full-time Student vs. full-time Rest of Scotland vs. Glasgow Rest of UK vs. Glasgow

16 Rest of Scotland is 55% more likely to have exchanged favours with neighbours than Glasgow VariableOdds Ratiop vs vs Married/civ. ptnr./cohabit vs. single Part-time vs. full-time Retired vs. full-time Rest of Scotland vs. Glasgow Rest of UK vs. Glasgow

17 Rest of Scotland is 50% more likely to have a positive perception of neighbourhood than Glasgow VariableOdds Ratiop Male vs. female vs vs Married/civ. ptnr./cohabit vs. single 1 st degree or higher vs. some educ. Part-time employment vs. full-time Retired vs. full-time Rest of Scotland vs. Glasgow Rest of UK vs. Glasgow

18 Rest of Scotland is 124% times more likely to believe a purse/wallet lost would be returned with nothing missing than Glasgow VariableOdds Ratiop Male vs. female vs Married/civ. ptnr./cohabit vs. single Part-time vs. full-time Retired vs. full-time Rest of Scotland vs. Glasgow Rest of UK vs. Glasgow

19 Summary Social capital measures are high among volunteer applicants across all areas A consistent pattern exists: Glasgow scores less favourably on all measures of social capital This pattern holds up when taking all other demographic variables into account Reflects other research into differences in social capital between Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester (http://www.gcph.co.uk/assets/0000/3828/Three-city_survey_report_2013.pdf(http://www.gcph.co.uk/assets/0000/3828/Three-city_survey_report_2013.pdf)

20 Questions for discussion Why is it that volunteer applicants from Glasgow score less positively on these measures of social capital? What are the implications of these findings for policy and practice (e.g. volunteering, employability, etc.)?


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