Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation


Bolton’s level of deprivation ranges in the most deprived third, along with most of the other Greater Manchester districts except for Trafford and Stockport, a fact that probably contributed to its high ratio of voluntary organisation. One factor that has reportedly led to more VCS growth in recent years is the arrival of asylum seekers from Africa, thus further bolstering the BME component of the Bolton VCS which is already sizeable according to the CVS.

Population*                                                       263,700
Number of VCS groups                                      1358
Number of VCS groups per 1000 population     5.1 
Deprivation Index (1 being the highest)*          50 
Population Density (per km squared)*              1,871
Number of infrastructure organisations             1
Number of infrastructure service providers        4

*Source: Neighbourhood Statistics. The Office for National Statistics,, accessed in August 2005.

For more detailed information about all areas of Greater Manchester see Spinning the Spider’s Web – a Mapping of Greater Manchester’s Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure.

The local support agency for the voluntary and community sector is Bolton CVS.

The National Survey of Third Sector Organisations, commissioned by the Office of the Third Sector from Ipsos Mori, gives statistics about the local voluntary sector, its funding, and its relationship with the local authority. Please note that this survey has been controversial, due to its failure to include organisations that are ‘under the radar’, because of not being on the Charity Commission database.

Bolton Metropolitan Council website contains a wealth of information about the local area, including on statistics for wards within the district and on certain issues, such as health, population, economy and deprivation.

The North West Regional Intelligence Unit has produced place profiles about each local authority district. These profiles are supposed to give an impression of the distinct features of each district and cover history, assets, environment (including districts’ footprints) and economic functionality.
Short reports about each borough provide an overview over certain subjects, such as the housing market, migration and crime.,2DJT,LEMNJ,7I0L,1

The North West Public Health Observatory publishes an annual health profile for each local authority, which reports on health indicators such as smoking, obesity, life expectancy, relative to the national average.

In 2004, the DEFRA Rural Statistics Unit produced rural profiles for each local authority district, which contain statistics about the size and demographics of the rural population, tenancy types in the rural areas, car ownership and access to services.