voluntary sector

Community and voluntary services in the age of austerity

Report that lays bare the impact of austerity on services provided by the community and voluntary sector and on the workers for whom providing a service is not just a job, but part of a deep personal commitment to the people they support.

It is a wake-up call for politicians and  society at large that workers in the community sector are approaching crisis point, and it is time to take notice.

A better state: inclusive principles for Scottish welfare

First in a series of papers which lay out the third sector’s vision and ambitions for the Scotland of the future as we journey towards next year’s referendum and beyond. It reflects thinking and ideas from across the sector and is intended as the starting point for ambitious discussions about the future of welfare in Scotland.

Clarity, communication and reciprocity: key ingredients for productive relationships with voluntary and community sector organisations in the new health and social care commissioning environment

Paper that draws on the findings of an evaluation of a pilot project commissioned by Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG to support the development of productive relationships between the voluntary sector, the CCG and General Practitioners (GPs). 

The project was initiated at an early stage in the development of the CCG, four months prior to the new arrangements ‘going live’ in April 2013.

Volunteering in health and care: securing a sustainable future

Report based on qualitative research involving focus groups with volunteers and patients, in-depth interviews with commissioners and providers of health and social care services, and a scenario analysis conducted with a workshop of invited experts. It also draws on a review of published evidence and benefited from the insights of an external advisory group. 

Open public services: experiences from the voluntary sector

The first part of this report shares the experiences of voluntary organisations, and one local authority, involved in the transformation of public services. There are some learning points from the Work Programme and Community Budgets but its main focus is on sharing best practice and innovation. This includes coproduction in commissioning, large and small organisations working in consortia, and the use of open-data to increase accountability.

Measuring well-being: a guide for practitioners

This short handbook on measuring well-being is produced by the Centre for Well-being at nef (the new economics foundation) with input from nef consulting. It is designed primarily for voluntary organisations and community groups delivering projects and services, to help them kick-start the process of measuring well-being outcomes.

The Wise Group: Research and Policy

The Research and Policy team enables the Wise Group to influence Westminster, Holyrood and other decision makers’ policies more effectively, and to contribute to the Wise Group’s continuous development through gaining a more sophisticated understanding of the needs of its client groups.

Volunteering: unlocking the real wealth of people and communities

Report produced for social care organisations, in collaboration with some of its partners – In Control, Community Service Volunteers (CSV), the Association of Directors of Adult Services (ADASS), Shared Lives Plus and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Leading the way: the distinctive contribution of the not-for-profit sector in social care (Paper 1: people)

One of three related papers which explore the distinctive contribution which the not-for-profit sector makes to social care. It explores the importance of an effective and committed workforce in delivering good quality care, and shows how the not-for-profit sector is leading the way in developing sustainable policy and best practice.

The role the third sector in delivering social care

Review which aims to establish the existing state of knowledge of the role of the third sector in delivering social care, and identify the research agenda which emerges from this.