Voluntary and Community Sector


SERIO has a long-term commitment to working in partnership with voluntary and community organisations. In the light of recent government policy, and the concept of the Big Society we help to understand and promote the future role the sector can play in the economy and service delivery.

Our affiliation with the sector is rooted in our understanding of the contribution that it makes to the lives of individuals and local communities. Our research and intelligence work has been vital in developing policy and strategy to strengthen the sector, especially in terms of capacity building and looking towards the delivery of public services.

SERIO has worked on an extensive portfolio of projects exploring issues affecting voluntary and community sector organisations. For instance, we recently worked with a large national charity, looking at how to increase the number of volunteers within their fundraising offices. We have previously collaborated with the Criminal Justice team at Plymouth University on a report for the Home Office on support for prolific offenders. We have also carried out many evaluations looking at a host of relevant topics including capacity building, grant giving and intervention programmes. We apply the same ethos of clear communication and practical outputs to all our clients, from government departments and large charities, right down to grassroots community groups.

For information about other voluntary and community sector projects that SERIO have delivered please see Our Successes.

NightstopSERIO will be working with Community Housing Aid and Encompass South West as their evaluation partner following their successful bid to the Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund to extend the existing Nightstop Devon project into Northern Devon.
Macmillan VolunteersSERIO have recently won funding from the Plymouth University Community Research Awards to help Macmillan Cancer Support investigate how to identify, attract and retain good quality volunteers.

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Our Expertise

Our expertise

Our core interdisciplinary team includes experts from a variety of backgrounds and we are unique in our ability to draw on specific expert knowledge for each and every project.

Part of Plymouth University, we collaborate with academics from across the institution, as well as other external specialists, in order to provide clients with the best possible expertise and insight


Our Successes

Our successes


SERIO has built a strong track record, working across our key services and areas of expertise. Find out more about the expert knowledge and practical solutions we have provided in previous projects, and the clients we have helped across the private, public and social purpose sectors.