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Planning Aid England surveys over 600 volunteers

01 November 2007

The National Planning Aid Unit has launched its largest ever electronic survey - to over 600 Planning Aid volunteers – to find out their views and opinions on a wide range of issues, including how the service should be developed in the future

\"Here is your chance to have your say in the way we involve volunteers in our casework and community planning activities, as well as contributing to the way Planning Aid is run\", says Volunteer and Skills Manager, Shereen Shafi, who is organising the survey.

The Volunteer Survey is designed to provide a clearer picture of the skills available to Planning Aid and how volunteers think we are helping to engage communities in the planning system. \"Finding out how we are, through our volunteer training programme, supporting the skills development of the planning profession is also crucial\" says Shereen. In addition, the survey allows an important update of existing incomplete volunteer details,

As an existing Planning Aid Volunteer your responses will help us to develop a more targeted volunteer programme and allow us to make better use of our valuable volunteer resource. So please spare us some of your time.

If you are an existing Planning Aid Volunteer please contribute to the research which will help us inform development of the volunteer programme within Planning Aid.

The Survey should take no longer than 15 minutes of your time, and all of the responses will be treated in the strictest confidence. The information you provide will be stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will only be used for the purposes of Planning Aid and the RTPI. This information will not be given to a third party.

Remember, your voice counts, so do take the time to complete our Survey by
… 16th November 2007.

Visit the following link and complete the electronic Survey!PA_Vounteers

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the Survey then please request this at or write to Volunteer and Skills Manager, RTPI, National Planning Aid Unit, Unit 419, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA.