To start the questionnaire you will need to tick the box below. By ticking the box you are confirming you have read and understood the statements below:

I confirm that I have read and understand the information provided in the email that accompanied this questionnaire. I have had the opportunity to consider the information, ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily.

I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving any reason.

I understand that any information given by me may be used in future reports, articles or presentations by the researcher.

I understand that my name will not appear in any reports, articles or presentations.
I agree to take part in this study.
If you have any questions or queries about this questionnaire, or project, please contact Louise Wilkinson at PAVS, 01437 769 422 / louise.wilkinson@pavs.org.uk
About you...
1. Are you currently a...
 
 
2. Which County Voluntary Council (CVC) are you involved with?
 
 
 
3. How long have you been involved with this CVC?
 
 
 
4.a Before you came to your current CVC had you been involved in another CVC?
 
4.b If yes, in what capacity?
 
 
5.a Before you came to your current CVC had you been involved in any other Third Sector (voluntary/ community) organisation?
 
5.b If yes, in what capacity?
 
 
6.a Please tick the box that best describes your current role (tick one only)
My role is paid for mainly by...
6.b What made you decide to be involved in your current CVC? (please tick all that apply)
 
 
 
 
 
6.c What made you decide to be involved in your current CVC? (please tick all that apply)
 
 
 
 
If you can, think back to what it was like to be new at the CVC....
7. Please tick if you agree or disagree with the following statements with regards to your initial time at the CVC.
       
  It felt like a community      
  People were able to help me      
  I knew who I could ask for help      
  I was comfortable with the acronyms/ language/ terminology used      
  I felt included (e.g. in shared tasks)      
  Others shared their know-how in order to help me      
  People were interested in my previous experience      
 

The next question will ask you to think about what helped you when you first arrived at your CVC. This might be what helped you to settle in, become part of the team, or to become confident in your role.
8. Who, or what, helped when you first became involved in the CVC? Tick all that apply (please note not all the options below may have been available at the time)
 
9. Please rate the following in terms of how useful you think these activities would be to someone new to your CVC... please tick all that apply
           
  A link person, or mentor, to support the new person (role specific)          
  A link person, or mentor, to support the new person in general (not role specific)          
  Accredited training on particular role          
  An online forum / discussion board between CVCs          
  An online forum that is role  / project specific          
  Frequent team meetings in the first six months          
  Induction  / introductory session          
  Meetings with colleagues doing a similar role in a different CVC          
  Meetings with colleagues doing a similar role in a regional team          
  Non-accredited/ informal training on particular role          
  On the "job" training          
  Reading material/ background information          
  Shadowing an experienced colleague from within same regional team          
  Shadowing an experienced colleague in another CVC          
  Shadowing an experienced colleague within CVC          
  Social Events          
  Team building away from work environment          
  Volunteering together          
 
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11.
 
The next part of the questionnaire will ask for your opinions about your CVC in terms of being a “community”. For the purpose of this questionnaire the term community refers to the feeling of belonging to group of people with a shared interest, whether or not those people share the same location. You may feel you belong to more than one community within your CVC.
12. Please state which of the following community or communities you feel you belong to within your CVC (tick all that apply)
13. If you had to choose the community you feel you most belong to which would it be? (Tick one only)
14. Please tick if you agree or disagree with the following statements, in terms of the community you have picked above, please note not all may be relevant
       
  My community is adaptable      
  My community is supportive      
  My community welcomes new people      
  My community has a shared language      
  My community has a shared “way of doing things”      
  My community is innovative      
  My community works well together on shared tasks      
  We share our knowledge and skills for the benefit of our community      
  Knowing the particular skills and knowledge of my colleagues helps me in my role      
  There are people in my Community who are experts and they will help me when I ask      
  Knowing who is good at what helps improve community-wide tasks      
  New people become competent by learning from people who have been in the community for longer      
  We have “inside jokes / stories” in our community      
  Sharing stories about the community with new people helps them to fit in      
 
  Would you be happy to be contacted at a later date to take part in a short interview?

The purpose of the interview will be to get more in-depth views on some of the topics / suggestions raised in this questionnaire.  
Interviews will be conducted by the most convenient method (skype/ telephone/ face-to-face).

If you would be happy to be contacted to take part in an interview please provide your contact details below:
   
   
   
Thank you for your time
 
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