Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation


The VCS in Manchester is the largest in absolute number of VCS organisations, but only the fourth-largest in terms of VCS organisations per 1000 of population, roughly equal to that in Salford and followed by Bolton, Wigan, and Rochdale.

Little data about the VCS in Manchester, such as funding to the entire sector by the local authority, was available from the local ChangeUp consortium. The timeframe of this research did not allow any time for original enquiry into this subject.

A shift in funding from the Manchester City Council has had a major impact on the nature of infrastructure service provision in Manchester. Having lost its core funding, Voluntary Action Manchester (VAM), the only generalist infrastructure organisation in Manchester, is currently looking for a new role. Its old advisory and support functions have been assigned to the Scarman Trust. 

Population*                                                       432,400
Number of VCS groups                                      2000
Number of VCS groups per 1000 population     4.6 
Deprivation Index (1 being the highest)*          2 
Population Density (per km squared)*              3,652
Number of infrastructure organisations             15
Number of infrastructure service providers        21

*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 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 Manchester City Council website contains a wealth of information about the local area, including information on how to obtain statistical reports on certain issues, such as health, population, and unemployment.
Ward profiles are available at

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.