The Commitment Phase, during the fall of 1999, calls for the confirmation of the intention to establish an Accord with the voluntary sector
and to form an Implementation Group.
Having been at the forefront of influencing independent living, much of the work of the voluntary sector
is aimed at allowing people to remain independent.
"The voluntary sector
is an important partner for us, and it is really important that we provide the strongest support we can to them in these challenging times."
CEO Stuart Etheringtonsaid: "It is vitally important that we do not underestimate the immense contribution that the voluntary sector
and wider civil society make to the quality of people's lives in this region, local communities and UK economy."
Two years on, and Brian spotted an advert for a job at BVSC managing the city's Volunteer Centre and he was immediately attracted to Birmingham because of the strength of its voluntary sector
Newcastle City Council, which has pledged pounds 10m over four years to the voluntary sector
, has written to the Government urging it to do everything it can to reduce the impact of abolishing the Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF).
"Communication, dialogue and forward planning are essential since the voluntary sector
has an important role in delivering services, as well as advocating for those in need throughout the communities of the Vale of Glamorgan."
When Prime Minister David Cameron visited Liverpool to launch the government's big idea last month, he made specific reference to the role the voluntary sector
would play in achieving its goals.
The Red Cross, in partnership with other voluntary sector
organisations, is helping the ambulance service get staff to and from hospitals, visiting and helping vulnerable and isolated people and transporting people to urgent outpatients appointments.
The Co-operative Bank's charity team was started in 1996 to meet the needs of the charitable and voluntary sector
by providing a bespoke banking service tailored to customers' individual requirements.
"The nonprofit and voluntary sector
is a vital contributor to our social and economic quality of life in Ontario," state the authors of the report, The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
in Ontario: Regional Highlights from the National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations.
Ask any one associated with the voluntary sector
-- both non-profit organizations and charities.