The impact of commissioning and contracting on volunteers and volunteering

The expansion of contracted voluntary sector delivery of public services has reduced volunteer involvement in charitable provision and limited the tasks that volunteers carry out to the routine and mundane, a new report claims.

The latest discussion paper from the National Coalition for Independent Action examines the impact of the contracting and commissioning regime on volunteering, and concludes that charities have been forced to develop much more formalised systems of volunteer management over the last two decades to meet the demands of tightly prescribed funding arrangements.

To download the report