Our local area

In 2016, an independent survey of the voluntary and community sector in Oldham and Tameside showed there are 2,398 groups and 71,000 volunteers in the two boroughs.

Oldham’s voluntary and community sector

  • There are an estimated 1,231 voluntary organisations
  • They carry out 1.8 million interventions with their clients, users or beneficiaries
  • Most are small groups. 70% of them have an annual income of less than £10,000
  • There is an 'army' of 37,000 volunteers who contribute 90,300 volunteer hours a week
  • The voluntary sector also has a significant paid workforce with an estimated 2,200 full-time equivalent paid staff employed
  • The value of contribution of both volunteers and employees to Oldham is £152million

Tameside’s voluntary and community sector

  • There are an estimated 1,167 voluntary organisations
  • They carry out 1.5 million interventions with their clients, users or beneficiaries
  • Most are small groups. 68% of them have an annual income of less than £10,000
  • There is an 'army' of 34,000 volunteers who contribute 83,400 volunteer hours a week
  • The voluntary sector also has a significant paid workforce with an estimated 1,300 full-time equivalent paid staff employed
  • The value of contribution of both volunteers and employees to Tameside is £115million

Working with our partners across Greater Manchester we commissioned Oldham and Tameside State of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector 2017. This enabled us to compare the impact and understand changes to the voluntary sector since 2013. Click here to find out more.