Please complete the Third Sector Trends Survey 2022

This country-wide survey takes place every 3 years. It’s important that lots of third sector organisations and groups complete the survey so that it can show a true and accurate picture of our wonderful and diverse voluntary, community, social enterprise sector, and current trends.

We’d like to ask all Forum Central members, and beyond, to please follow this link to complete the Third Sector Trends survey 2022.

Please complete the survey if your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling – or just carrying on more or less as normal – we’d like to hear from you all.

It is an interesting exercise and only takes about 10 minutes.


Why it’s so important to complete the survey…

Your input will help shape actions and decisions which are made now and in the future, at local, regional and national level.

The survey is coordinated by Durham University and is the longest running study of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in the UK. It aims to map ‘trends’ within the sector including key topics such as employment, volunteering, sector finance and assets.

Findings from the survey are widely used by local authorities, combined authorities, NHS partnerships and VCSE infrastructure organisations in their strategic work and in local decision making. So, it’s crucial West Yorkshire VCSE organisations are represented in the survey results so we can evidence, at a local level:

  • The extent to which the pandemic has reshaped and refocused VCSE sector activity
  • The positive role the VCSE sector can play in ‘levelling up’, ‘localism’ and ‘community wealth building’ agendas
  • The contribution the VCSE sector can make to public health and, specifically, healthy life expectancy
  • How the VCSE sector helps to secure economic and social wellbeing in localities.

Complete the online survey-

West Yorkshire has contributed to funding this so we can have a more detailed report for our region. This will include a breakdown by place that you will be able to use to help shape your work and as an evidence base to support the development of work in the VCSE.


The survey was launched on Monday 6 June 2022. By 16 June, over 2,375 responses have been received.

Find out more about this survey and view examples of how the findings are used by visiting the St Chad’s college, Durham University website.