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In a report published by the Commission on the Future of Volunteering in January 2008, one of the recommendations was to assist the involvement of groups who face barriers to volunteering. The under-represented groups mentioned in the report were people with disabilities, single parents and refugees and asylum seekers. In response to this recommendation, the Commission for the Compact subsequently commissioned CSV Consulting (Community Service Volunteers) working with the Applied Policy and Practice Research Unit (APPRU), now renamed as the Policy and Evaluation Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), to investigate the costs, barriers and benefits of involving volunteers from under-represented groups (VURGs). The two stages of the research and their outputs were designed to deliver a robust assessment for the Commission of the ancillary costs of volunteering by under-represented groups, which will be useful for commissioners and volunteering project managers.

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