Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation


The data provided by Bury CVS indicates that Bury’s VCS is the smallest in Greater Manchester. Per 1000 residents its concentration of VCS organisations ranks as the lowest in Greater Manchester along with Stockport.

Bury CVS characterised the sector it serves as well-established but underdeveloped, with one of the potential reasons being the fact that Bury does not qualify for Single Regeneration Budget funding on the same basis as neighbouring boroughs.

Population*                                                       181,700
Number of VCS groups                                      300
Number of VCS groups per 1000 population     1.6 
Deprivation Index (1 being the highest)*          97 
Population Density (per km squared)*              1,823
Number of infrastructure organisations             1
Number of infrastructure service providers        0

*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 Bury Third Sector Development Agency

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.

The Bury 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, and religion.

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, physical 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.