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What is GMCVO?

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) is the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector support and development organisation ('infrastructure') covering the Greater Manchester (GM) city region.



We work with and through the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector for the benefit of the people and communities of Greater Manchester


Founded in 1975, we are a membership organisation constituted as a charitable company with a voluntary board


Our Board of Trustees

Our Staff


Find out more about our values, aims and priorities

Download Our Strategic Plan

What do we do?

We provide projects, services and support to enable citizen-led VCSE organisations to play a full and equal part in the development and governance of the Greater Manchester city region.

We support and connect individuals who act as VCSE representatives at GM boards and forums and enable people with shared interests to come together and have their voices heard.

We act as lead and accountable body for partnerships and funding streams.

Our practical services include news, events, policy and research. Our subsidiary companies provide a conference centre and social investment.

Our Work

Who do we work with?

We are only one player alongside many others. We function as a centre for voluntary organisation and a reference point for a web of contacts, networks, partnerships and initiatives operating at every scale across the city region and beyond. We prioritise partnership with Greater Manchester institutions regardless of sector.

We are the lead body or host for a range of VCSE-led partnerships and networks including Ambition for Ageing, Volunteering GM, GM BME Network and BME Leaders Group, GM Social Enterprise Network, GM Social Investment, GM VCSE Assembly and GM Third Sector Research. We are members of the GM VCSE Leadership Group, GM Poverty Action, GM Social Value Forum, GM Futures and the national Voluntary Sector Core Cities group.

We work in partnership with other local, regional and national infrastructure organisations. You can find out more about these partners by clicking on the link below.

Our Key Partners

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Conference and meeting room hire

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