Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

True state of Greater Manchester’s voluntary sector revealed in new report

New research shows that there are nearly 15,000 voluntary organisations in Greater Manchester, with a total income of £1 billion.

The findings, contained in a report by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, reveal the true social and economic impact of the voluntary sector in Greater Manchester.

The report, which was launched at an event in Salford on 10th May, also found that within the region’s voluntary sector over 330,000 people carried out voluntary work, valued at £947 million.

Working with a partnership of local support and development organisations in Greater Manchester, the research has revealed that at the beginning of 2013:

• there were 14,592 community and voluntary organisations, co-operatives and social enterprises;
• the total income of the sector was £1 billion (financial year 2011/12);
• medium and large organisations received 91 per cent of the total sector income;
• 11,963 organisations had an annual income of under £10,000;
• 334,200 individuals volunteered within the sector;
• 1.1 million volunteering hours were logged;
• the economic contribution of volunteers was valued at £947 million;
• the sector employed 23,600 full time equivalent paid staff.

The data, gathered over a six-month period by a number of support and development organisations across the Greater Manchester region, was analysed by Ian Wilson and the team at the CRESR.

Commenting on the report, Wilson stated: “It’s clear from our research that the voluntary sector in Greater Manchester is varied and wide-ranging and is important to the lives of its residents. The report highlights many impressive markers of the sector’s economic and social impact. It has, for instance, an important role in promoting growth and supporting those in need of assistance. However caution is required: the sector is faced with increased demand but continues to be affected by the economy and public sector cuts”

Alex Whinnom, chief executive of Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation, said at the launch: “This report proves that we have a strong, resilient and responsive third sector in Greater Manchester but we must not assume that it is indestructible. We are in a rapidly changing relationship with public funding, and some of the services relied on by our most vulnerable residents are fragile”.

To watch a short film of the report launch, click on the link below.
The full and summary versions of the Greater Manchester report, plus a list of eight key facts, are attached. Reports for each of the participating districts are also attached.

Greater Manchester State of the Voluntary Sector 2013 FULL.pdf866.16 KB
Greater Manchester State of the Voluntary Sector 2013 SUMMARY.pdf385.43 KB
Greater Manchester 8 facts flyer front.pdf4.18 MB
District Reports.zip6.29 MB