Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation


Rochdale has the highest concentration of VCS organisations per 1000 of population. In absolute numbers, Rochdale’s VCS is the fourth-largest in Greater Manchester, possibly related to the fact that Rochdale is the third-most deprived district in the county next to Manchester and Salford.

CVS Rochdale described the sector as having stayed mainly static over the past two years and being characterised by a high degree of parochialism. The local ChangeUp consortium has plans to develop a borough-wide strategic infrastructure investment plan, based on prior research to
map existing VCS infrastructure. According to data supplied by CVS Rochdale, the district has the highest known level of statutory sector income in Greater Manchester.

Population*                                                       206,700
Number of VCS groups                                      1200
Number of VCS groups per 1000 population     5.8 
Deprivation Index (1 being the highest)*          25 
Population Density (per km squared)*              1,305
Number of infrastructure organisations             2
Number of infrastructure service providers        3

*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 CVS Rochdale.

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 Rochdale Metropolitan Council website contains a wealth of information about the local area. Rochdale Stats and Maps offers access to data for pre-defined areas as well as user-defined areas on health, social, economic and environmental factors. Users must register, but use of the site is free.

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.