Trafford State of the Voluntary Sector

A report produced by Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University has revealed the true social and economic impact of the voluntary sector in Trafford.

Data gathered by Voluntary & Community Action Trafford over a six month period was then analysed by Ian Wilson and the team at CRESR, revealing that at the beginning of 2013 in Trafford:

  • there were 1336 community and voluntary organisations, co-operatives and social enterprises;
  • the total income of the sector was £65 million (financial year 2011/12);
  • medium and large organisations received 90% of the total sector income;
  • 1176 organisations had an annual income of under £10,000;
  • 27,800 individuals volunteered within the sector;
  • 83,700 volunteering hours were logged each week;
  • the contribution of volunteers is valued at £75 million;
  • the sector employed 1700 full time equivalent paid staff.

Commenting on the report, Wilson stated:
“It’s clear from our research that the voluntary sector in Trafford is varied and important to the lives of its residents. Our report highlights many impressive markers of the sector’s economic and social impact, for instance, it plays 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”

The then Chief Executive of VCAT Dave Nunns, concluded:
“VCAT were keen to produce reliable, statistically significant and current data on the state of the sector in Trafford and to identify the key issues affecting the sector.
The impression that leapt out at me was of a strong grass-roots movement which makes an impressive contribution to Trafford both socially and economically, and is resilient and responsive in the face of current difficulties. We must not assume however that it is indestructible – the report also touches on the rapidly changing relationship with public funding, and the fragility of some of the services relied on by our most vulnerable residents.”

The full report is attached.

The report forms part of a wider project examining the State of the Sector across Greater Manchester, all of the reports are available from CRESR http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/reports