Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Have your say

One of the main aims of GMCVO is to represent the needs and views of our members – this helps us to offer genuine collaborative leadership to Greater Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

We are keen, therefore, to find out what you think about a number of topical issues and will from time to time post short surverys here:



Feedback is also invited on consultations and reviews issued by partners and other external bodies. Further information is available via the links below:

A Greater Manchester Survey to better understand how to support working carers

Following the launch of the Carers Charter for Greater Manchester in January, the GMHSC Partnership has demonstrated its commitment to carers and adopted the Working Carers Pledge. The pledge was developed using established good practice and research by carer organisations and outlines twelve commitments to working carers such as support with balancing multiple roles, help to stay healthy and well, and access to support and information they might need.

As we begin to look at how we make sure working carers across Greater Manchester receive the support they need, a survey has been developed to understand the different challenges working carers can face and the support made available to them by their employer.

This survey is open to all working carers in the region and can be completed here

Review of GM Children's hospital services

A Greater Manchester hospital service review is currently taking place involving a team of doctors, patients and other healthcare staff from across the region to make children’s health care services the best they can be and to make them sustainable and affordable for the future.

To help the team design future children’s services in Greater Manchester, a brief survey has been devised to find out how a parents/guardians feel about the hospital-based children’s services that they have used in Greater Manchester, and to ask how they can be improved. These will help to identify what is important to parents/guardians and patients and what needs to be considered from their perspective in the design of any future services. A further survey has also been specifically co-designed with and aimed at engaging children and young people.

Participation in both surveys is entirely voluntary and will not affect any services respondents are currently receiving. They will take about ten minutes to complete the survey which are completely anonymous so feel free to respond honestly. You are under no obligation to complete any of the questions in the questionnaire.

The surveys can be accessed and completed via the following links:
For Adults: click here
For Children and Young People: click here

Please promote the completion of these surveys to appropriate service users. Both surveys will be open to complete until 8am on 9th July, 2018. If you would like a paper version of the survey or require an alternative format/language or have any questions about the survey, please contact Usman Nawaz or Audrey Abbott at the NHS Transformation Unit (0161 967 0300).

Survey by Greater Manchester Poverty Action 

Greater Manchester Poverty Action are interested in understanding how they can develop their work to better meet the needs of organisations across Greater Manchester and beyond who share their passion for tackling poverty. To this end, they have been thinking about different types of training that they could offer and how they could develop courses and a bespoke consultancy offer that enhances the work of organisations in their network.

To help with this work they are requesting GM VCSE organisations and others to complete the following short survey. It should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Answers will be treated in confidence. To access the survey, click here.

Is charity tax relief benefitting the right charities?

The Charity Tax Commission is investigating whether charitable tax reliefs could be used more strategically to produce better outcomes for beneficiaries. This is a chance to influence the commission’s recommendations before it is too late.

Tax reliefs for charities are estimated to be worth £3.77bn a year, the main ones being business rates relief, Gift Aid and VAT relief. But are the right charities benefiting?

Should we distinguish between charities in terms of size, purpose, demonstrable impact, or geographical location? The commission wants to explore bold ideas for reform.

The Commission would like to hear from local organisations and people including VCSE and faith organisations and businesses, researchers and councillors.

To download the response template, click here

Deadline for responses: Friday 6th July at 17:00