The average time young people spent volunteering dropped from 2.7 hours a week to 0.7 hours a week - a reversal of the general trend over the same period, in which average volunteer time rose from 2.7 hours to 4 hours a week.
Many non-volunteers said they would be attracted into volunteering if it improved their skills and benefited their career. Young volunteers were much keener than others to receive public recognition and a certificate.
* The 1997 survey is available from the Institute of Volunteeering Research, National Centre for Volunteering, Regent's Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL. Tel 0171 520 8900.