Definitions for "Voluntary Sector"
Bodies, other than public authorities or local authorities, that carry out activities otherwise than for profit.
Independent voluntary or community groups that are not for profit organisations formed by people who have come together of their own free will to respond to issues regarding the quality of life of themselves or fellow citizens.
The community sector differs from the voluntary sector, which is defined as: 'groups whose activities are carried out other than for profit but which are not public or local authorities.  These organisations would normally be formally constituted and employ paid professional and administrative staff. They may or may not use volunteer help.' (See also Formal volunteering, Informal volunteering and Volunteer Involving Organisation). (Community Development Foundation)