Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Support for the voluntary and community sector in Stockport

GMCVO is working with Stockport MBC and the borough’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector during the development and implementation of a new approach to prevention in Stockport.

This co-ordinated and collaborative approach aims to reduce demand in the system from people with identified health and social care needs and those at risk of developing such needs in line with the Investing in Stockport programme, the ‘Stockport Together’ approach to integration of health and social care, the Care Act and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Growing local neighbourhood centres where people can access information and be signposted is a key deliverable, a means for engaging wider groups of people and to grow social action. These centres will come to offer information and advice to aspiring new community and voluntary groups.

During this period of transition, whilst the new Stockport locality offer is designed and introduced more comprehensively, any organisation or individual seeking advice or support can find information, guidance and factsheets at GMCVO’s website and through the websites listed below.

Community hubs and those working to develop them can access the ‘Stockport’s Community Hubs Recipe Book’ under the Community Hubs section below. It provides ‘recipes’ to help you think through the vital ingredients that will help your hub to thrive, along with resources and guidance to help you put the recipes into practice.

The projects and partnerships GMCVO is involved with.


• Local voluntary support organisations in Greater Manchester have developed a comprehensive library of factsheets that give detail on most of the issues organisations will face from setting up a group to developing quality assurance systems.

KnowHow NonProfit is a dedicated advice portal that provides access to a community of support from over 38,000 people. This provides advice from top tips to bite-sized how-to guides and online training courses on any area of voluntary sector management.


• Local voluntary support organisations in Greater Manchester have also developed a funding portal that enables local organisations to identify grant opportunities.

Funding Central is a national website which provides a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises and lists thousands of funding and finance opportunities.


• GMCVO provides accredited training for voluntary sector staff and through its website provides details of learning opportunities from other providers


Do-it is a national volunteering website which helps match volunteers with opportunities.

• Time banking "is a means of exchange where time is the principal currency. For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a time bank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of my time is equal to one hour of your time’’

• Local time banks are emerging such as Give2Gain


Resonate-Connect is a new service that helps voluntary organisations in Greater Manchester get support from local businesses with skilled staff


GMCVO is supporting the development of activity in community-owned buildings in Stockport. For more information contact
News and advice for hubs can also be found on the GMCVO website
For the Community Hubs Recipe Book

Given GMCVO’s contract with Stockport MBC until March 2016, assisted support can be offered through Tekla Szerszynska who can be contacted on 0161 277 1000