Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation


Tameside has the fourth-lowest concentration of VCS organisations in Greater Manchester and Tameside’s VCS is also the fourth-smallest in the county. This corresponds to almost the same rank— fifth-highest—in deprivation among all Greater Manchester districts. Compared to Bolton, which has a comparable deprivation level, Tameside’s VCS has more than one fewer organisations per 1000 residents than Bolton’s. It is then perhaps not surprising that Tameside Third Sector Coalition (TSC) has reported a rise in voluntary organisations over the past years and more potential for expansion of the VCS.

Most of Tameside’s VCS organisations are said to be over five years old and, generally speaking, turnover seems to be small. The bulk of VCS groups in this district are community organisations that work at a neighbourhood level and are not properly funded or supported by infrastructure services. According to the TSC, the sector has been lacking coordination and strategic thinking.

Population*                                                       213,600
Number of VCS groups                                      800
Number of VCS groups per 1000 population     3.7 
Deprivation Index (1 being the highest)*          49 
Population Density (per km squared)*              2,063
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 Tameside Third Sector Coalition.

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 Tameside Metropolitan Council website contains a wealth of information about the local area. Tameside Partnership Information Portal offers access to data on demographics, health, education, and public perceptions. 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.