Dorset Community Action, working with Volunteer Centre Dorset, and Citizens Advice in Dorset developed this survey to establish the current health of Dorset’s Voluntary, Community, & Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and to gain an understanding of the impact of Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) on the VCSE sector.  

We requested that VCSE groups complete an survey online, with some surveys being completed in hard copy at Dorset Community Action (DCA) networking events. 

The survey closed on 31st July 2018, with 199 VCSE groups from across the county, including 4 groups from Bournemouth and Poole completing returns.  With a good range of both size and type of organisations we believe this survey to be a representative sample, showing current  trends affecting Dorset’s VCSE sector, and also a range of views on LGR and its potential impact.