Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation


Big Assist
GMCVO is an approved ‘supplier’ for Big Assist, a Lottery-funded programme to support VCS infrastructure organisations to be more efficient, effective and sustainable. Under the programme, infrastructure organisations can apply for a voucher to exchange through an online market place for support delivered through consultancy, training, coaching and e-learning across a range of topics.

Community enterprise
Start-up and sustainability of services and activities based on a commercial model but for community benefit. Support includes identifying aspirations, the most appropriate organisational structure, creating a business plan, market awareness, and how to measure success.

Community hubs
Specialist support within GMCVO with the task of strengthening the voluntary and community sector through the development of ‘hubs’ – places or spaces that generate community or neighbourhood activity.

Conference and meeting room hire 
Our fully equipped conference centre has all you need for a succesful event, including exceptional customer service and a choice of rooms to accomodate anything from a small meeting to a large event. Discounted rates for GMCVO members and VCSE sector organisations.

Conferences and events
Occasional events addressing key policy and practice issues affecting the voluntary and community sector in Greater Manchester. For details, please contact: Tanya Coutts (, 0161 277 1002)

Our consultancy service offers in-depth support on a wide range of topics including project and change management, business planning, organisational development including governance advice, collaboration and partnership development, consortia development and social market support and service recovery.

GMCVO Databases has a wealth of experience working with voluntary organisations in consulting and delivering effective customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Our solutions are cost-effective and powerful, allowing organisations to manage their data, centralise their communications and monitor staff and volunteer performance.

Information and publications
News and information on issues affecting the voluntary sector via our website, various newsletters, an occasional policy journal and briefings.

We undertake research to develop our understanding of the needs of communities and we collate and disseminate research findings. We have a voluntary sector research resource.