The VAS Voluntary Sector Survey 2015

Back in October, we sent out an invitation to take part in our 2015 survey of the voluntary and community sector in Swindon. At a time when people in the Borough are increasingly dependent on the services and support provided for them by voluntary and community organisations, we felt it was exceptionally important that we get an up-to-date picture across the whole of the sector, from the largest organisations to the smallest.

127 responses were received from people answering on behalf of 104 different organisations. Three quarters of these are independent local groups. Half are groups supporting vulnerable people or families, and a quarter are sports groups. Organisations from across the whole range of voluntary activity are present in the response.

We are pleased to find that VAS are considered the second most effective partner asked about in the survey, after Wiltshire Police, and actually received the highest proportion of ‘very effective’ ratings. We are delighted to learn that so many charities and community groups have had a positive experience working with us, and we will do all we can to ensure we continue delivering a high level of service to the voluntary sector.

Other key findings include:

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. Your responses, and the analysis (linked below) will feed into our strategy and action planning for 2016 and beyond, as well as feeding into the strategy and action planning of other stakeholders.

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