Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation


Trafford’s VCS is the third-smallest in Greater Manchester, both in terms of absolute numbers and the ratio of population to the number of VCS organisations, as may be expected with a lower official rate of deprivation relative to most other Greater Manchester districts with the exception of Stockport. Voluntary and Community Action Trafford (VCAT) described the sector as having “little history in community development or development in the VCS.” Consequently, three quarters of the VCS organisations registered with VCAT are younger than five years.

Population*                                                       211,700
Number of VCS groups                                      500
Number of VCS groups per 1000 population     2.4 
Deprivation Index (1 being the highest)*          136 
Population Density (per km squared)*              1,978
Number of infrastructure organisations             2
Number of infrastructure service providers        4

*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 agencies for the voluntary and community sector are Voluntary Community Action Trafford and Trafford CVS.

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 Trafford Metropolitan Council website contains a wealth of information about the local area. Statistics for wards within the district can be obtained by typing in a postcode on the main website.

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.