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Voluntary Organisations Glossary Term

A voluntary organisation is one whose main focus is to deliver social benefit in a variety of forms, rather than to generate profit for distribution to its members. It will usually be governed by volunteers and be independent of government.
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Voluntary Sector Glossary Term

This includes various voluntary agencies ranging from large organisations with paid staff to small groups run by volunteers.
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Vulnerable Adult Glossary Term

Defined in 'No Secrets' (DH 2000) as: 'a person aged 18 years or over, who is in receipt of, or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation'.
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