This project was put forward by BASW at the wish of members of the seven constituent social work organisations which in 1970 formed BASW. They wanted to develop a good working relationship between social workers and volunteers in providing effective personal social services. This interest was stimulated by the publication of "The Voluntary Worker in the Social Services", the report of the Aves Committee. In February 1971, following informal discussions a planning group drew up proposal for a three year project. The Council of the Association approved the proposals in principle in December 1971. The aim of the Project Steering Committee was to study the ways in which volunteers could strengthen and extend the service offered to clients in a social service department, current practice and future plans for volunteers, the issues involved in the use of volunteers, and their bearing on professional social work, the attitude of professional social workers towards the involvement of the volunteers in social work settings, and volunteers and the type of management required to enable volunteer projects to make an effective contribution in a partnership relationship. There was later a Project Group with the same name.