Mar 1

red crossA survey conducted by the Red Cross says busier lifestyles are behind a fall in the numbers of people volunteering to help disadvantaged people in their community .

More than 1,200 people took part in the online survey that aimed to gauge public perception about the elderly, people living with a mental illness and the homeless.

The survey revealed that volunteer figures were down compared to a decade ago.

It also found that almost half of the population think Australians are less compassionate towards vulnerable groups compared with 10 years ago.

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