NAVCA publish chief officers survey results

NAVCA has published the findings of their 2016 survey of Chief Officers, an annual survey carried out to gauge the views of NAVCA members on current policy issues. Over a third of members completed the survey.

Key findings from the survey:

  • Local infrastructure plays a vital role in supporting volunteering. The survey indicates that NAVCA members helped 115,000 people find a volunteer role last year.
  • In 2016 70 per cent experienced an increase in demand for local infrastructure services.
  • Local authority funding remains the most significant funding for local infrastructure, followed by funding from local Clinical Commissioning Groups.
  • 80 per cent of NAVCA member charge for some services or products.
  • Most government policy initiatives for the voluntary sector need local infrastructure to succeed. The survey showed large number of NAVCA members involved in social prescribing (58 per cent), the Better Care Fund (39 per cent), asset transfers (39 per cent), local business giving (24 per cent), Neighbourhood Planning (30 per cent) National Citizen Service (10 per cent) and social investment (16 per cent).
  • NAVCA members want to be better able to demonstrate impact and identify this as a major issue for infrastructure.
  • Many see gaining a much wider appreciation of the value of smaller voluntary organisations as a key campaign issue.

 Neil Cleeveley, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said:

“The survey again shows local infrastructure is adapting to the changing needs of people and communities. For example, most of our members are involved in social prescribing. This creates community solutions to support people with health issues, relieving the strain on local hospital and social care services.”

 “This survey is also a timely reminder of the value of local volunteer brokerage. Stuart Etherington from NCVO was right to highlight the importance of volunteering. I would go further and call for immediate support for local brokerage provided by local volunteering infrastructure. They have been foolishly ignored by funders in recent years but if we lose these services we will also lose local volunteers and volunteer opportunities.”

Read the report