What’s the state of the voluntary and community sector in Sheffield?
We are carrying out research to better understand the state of the voluntary and community sector in Sheffield. The findings will be published, but won’t identify any individual organisation. Rather we will be able to use them to make the case for our collective impact and importance of the sector to the city. Please do take the time to complete the questionnaire.

In 2016, we surveyed support the people and communities of Sheffield and produced a report on the social and economic impact of the voluntary and community sector. We also looked at volunteering across the city. You can see the full version of the report here https://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/sites/shu.ac.uk/files/sheffield-state-of-the-voluntary-and-community-sector-2016.pdf. We found that there were 3,346 organisations offered 7.2 million interventions to Sheffield people over the course of a year, providing

* Health, welfare and social care
* Education, training and research
* Leisure, recreation and sport
* Environmental activities, conservation and heritage.

In 2014/15 the sector had an estimated income of £373 million. There were 7,500 full time paid staff and 9800 part time paid staff; 89,600 volunteers and 22,700 committee/board members. Paid staff and volunteers were estimated to contribute £810 million worth of ‘Gross Value Added’ to the economy. But there were indications that this contribution may not be sustainable, because a significant number of organisations spent more money than they received. We concluded from your responses that securing funding was the key challenge. Several respondents were concerned that their organisation may not be sustainable, and many were also concerned about their future capacity and ability to retain and recruit volunteers.

What we need from you now

We want to be able to track how the voluntary and community sector is doing in Sheffield, two years on. The findings – and what we learn about changes in the situation – will help us to work with Sheffield decision makers to make best use of available resources to continue to support our communities, to promote wellbeing and give all communities and individuals the best chance of feeling valued and included in all aspects of life in the city. Could you please take the time to complete our survey?

If you have any questions, please get in touch with:
Janet Harris
NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow
Reader in Knowledge Mobilisation
University of Sheffield
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA
England

+44 (0)114 222 2980

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