Friday 27th January 2012
Third Sector survey shapes the future of skills provisions across the region
ORGANISATIONS within the Third Sector are being given a unique opportunity to get their voices heard about their current and future skills needs across the region. A survey, in the form of a questionnaire, has been jointly developed by the Regional Learning Partnership (RLP) and partners within the county’s five voluntary councils (CVC’s).
This forms part of a wider profiling exercise, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), through the RLP, which seeks to define the regional picture of the third sector and demonstrate its contribution to education, skills and regeneration. The CVC’s include Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services, Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services, Swansea Council for Voluntary Service, Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service and Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations.
Looking at key themes including the role of each organisation within the community, the questionnaire also addresses the current impact of the various organisations, staff recruitment, volunteer and trustee numbers and how each organisation is being recognised. Emphasising the importance of undertaking this survey, a spokesperson, on behalf of the region’s CVC’s, said: “This questionnaire provides a real opportunity for the role of the voluntary sector across south west Wales to be recognised.
“It’s an important piece of work and the support and input of organisations working within this sector is vital as the information gained through this exercise will help determine how services are delivered, if and how staff and volunteers access training and develop opportunities and help reinforce the impact of the sector to strategic decision makers and others.”