The Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC) was established in 1978. It is a membership organisation and acts as a resource for people interested in research in or on community organisations.

We believe that voluntary and community organisations play a vital role in creating and sustaining healthy communities, and that research plays an essential role in increasing the effectiveness of those organisations involved in voluntary and community action.

Aims and Values

ARVAC believes that:

  • healthy, diverse and inclusive communities make a fundamental contribution to people’s quality of life and living conditions
  • healthy communities are created and sustained by the activities of effective local organisations and groups
  • research has a major role to play in promoting supporting, and developing the work of local organisations and groups by such means as:

developing awareness of the valuable role played by community organisations

informing and improving the ways in which community organisations are led and managed

informing policy-makers of the ways in which the work community organisations can be encouraged and supported

participation in the research process and access to its products should be freely and widely available and not restricted to academics and other professional researchers


ARVAC aims to:

  • act as a resource to people interested in research in or on community organisations
  • promote and help develop effective and appropriate forms of research in or on community organisations
  • encourage and facilitate networking and collaboration between people undertaking work in this field
  • ensure that the findings of research in and on community organisations are made available to policy-makers at all levels
  • play a role in identifying gaps in knowledge of the community sector and the need for further research.


Memorandum and Articles of Association

Memorandum of Association

Articles of Association

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