Assessing the impact of volunteering in a London borough

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Thomas, Brian
Date of publication
1 April 2006
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 8; Number 1
Social welfare
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This article reports on a study carried out to assess the scale and scope of volunteering in the London Borough of Merton. Using existing sources, the local voluntary sector was first mapped; a sample of local groups was then asked to use the IVR's Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit to gauge the effect of local volunteering on volunteers, users and other stakeholders; and finally, the Volunteer Investment and Value Audit (VIVA) tool was used to place an economic value on this contribution. Despite some reservations about the effectiveness of using the VIAT and VIVA tools in a community as large and diverse as Merton, enough data was generated collectively to make a significant impression on the community leaders and representatives of the borough.

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