NCVO’s Third Sector Foresight work is excellent, and has the added benefit of making you feel clever afterwards for having read it.
That said, their conclusion about trends in recent volunteering doesn’t bode well for the Big Society, or those seeking to become/achieve it:
The ways in which people volunteer has changed. There has been a shift towards more short term volunteering and one-off activities, and people now tend to volunteer at more than one organisation. The motivation to volunteer may become more focused on benefits to the individual rather than the community.