VCSA Surveys

Every other year the Shropshire VCSA issues a State of the Sector Survey which aims to provide a local economic picture of the VCSE. This year we have changed the name of our biennial survey to fit the current environment. 

The Value and Future Needs of the VCSE Sector in Shropshire Survey has four themes; economic activity, impact, governance and future plans.  Responses to the survey will help create a picture of the local VCSE sector and build up a valuable evidence base of information.

Once the survey has closed we will use the information to:

  • produce a report which can be accessed electronically for all our members to share widely.
  • pull together information to share with public sector partners and give them “real time evidence” of how the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) is coping with changes.
  • inform the Shropshire evidence base for the VCSE.
  • design infographics for use by all.
  • provide “real time evidence” with Senior Local Authority representatives.
  • compare findings with previous years where questions haven’t changed too much.
  • use the findings to shape conversations going forward between the VCSA Board and public sector partners.

To complete the survey online click here. 

If you’d prefer to complete the survey in paper or a PDF format please download a copy below:

Paper Version: Value and Future Needs of the VCSE Sector in Shropshire Survey 2017

PDF format (don’t forget to save your completed version before printing or emailing to us): VCSE Value and Future Needs Survey 2017

Once you have completed your survey you can either email back to us via  or print and complete then send back via post to:

Kate MacDonald, Feedback and Insight Team, 1L23, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Why do we do surveys?

Recent changes and pressures at a national level have meant bigger challenges for all in Shropshire and there is a great deal of pressure for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) groups and organisations to support vulnerable people, deliver preventative and other services with less funding.

The impact of these changes has had an effect on Shropshire and it’s communities including:

  • cuts to public sector grants/funding both nationally and locally.
  • more demand for VCSE representation, services and skills including volunteer management and training.
  • pressure for local communities to be more resilient and more people to take on voluntary roles.
  • need for communities or organisations to take over the running of community assets and local services (e.g. libraries).
  • need to strengthen the voice and the knowledge of the voluntary sector in Shropshire.

It is important that we are able to demonstrate the effect and impact that the changes are having on Shropshire’s VCSE.

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