Our local area

In 2013 an independent survey of the voluntary and community sector in Oldham and Tameside showed there are 2,180 groups and 50,000 volunteers in the two boroughs.

Oldham’s voluntary and community sector

  • There are an estimated 1,112 voluntary organisations
  • They carry out 1.4 million interventions with their clients, users or beneficiaries
  • Most are small groups. 78% of them have an annual income of less than £10,000
  • There is an 'army' of 25,500 volunteers who contribute 79,100 volunteer hours a week
  • The voluntary sector also has a significant paid workforce with an estimated 1400 full-time equivalent paid staff employed
  • The value of the output produced by paid staff and volunteers is £115million

Tameside’s voluntary and community sector

  • There are an estimated 1068 voluntary organisations
  • They carry out 1.4 million interventions with their clients, users or beneficiaries
  • Most are small groups. 69% of them have an annual income of less than £10,000
  • There is an 'army' of 26,200 volunteers who contribute 73,900 volunteer hours a week
  • The voluntary sector also has a significant paid workforce with an estimated 1200 full-time equivalent paid staff employed
  • The value of the output produced by paid staff and volunteers is £103million

Working with our partners across Greater Manchester we commissioned a survey for 2016 which will enable us to compare the impact and understand changes to the voluntary sector since 2013.