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NEWS Edition 4 Summer 2013 Community & Voluntary Action Tameside You are part of a large and diverse sector that does fantastic things! That is the overwhelming message that I took from comprehensive new reports, authored by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University on CVAT’s behalf, which reveal the true social and economic impact of the voluntary sector. The reports, which we launched with partners across the city region in May and then at the Voice event last week, demonstrate the significant contribution of the sector to the social economy in Tameside as well as trends in the local sector resulting from the impact of the recession on our communities. Whilst the report builds on research T3SC conducted locally in 2009, the input from Sheffield Hallam University has provided much greater rigour and, working with six other support and development organisations across the Greater Manchester region, has enabled the analysis and presentation of rich, borough level information alongside the wider Greater Manchester picture. We are indebted to over 200 local groups and organisations in Tameside that completed the survey, which Sheffield Hallam used to build the report from. Enclosed with this newsletter is a short ‘10 things you should know about the voluntary sector in Tameside’ leaflet, and we have ‘sprinkled’ some of the key facts throughout the newsletter, so I don’t intend to repeat all of these here. They are powerful – for example over 1,000 organisations, of which nearly 70% have an income of under £10,000; 26,000 volunteers, with 73,900 hours given by volunteers per week, and most staggeringly 1.4 million interventions with clients, service users or beneficiaries a year. We are part of a fantastic voluntary sector, and despite the challenges that organisations face, and which the report highlights, we should be proud of our work. The report evidences that we have a strong, resilient and responsive sector in Tameside. However, we must not assume 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 Please let us know if you would like more of these leaflets for your members, funders or wider stakeholders. The full Tameside report, leaflet and link to the other Greater Manchester reports can be found at: Tony Okotie Chief Executive Issue Highlights... CVAT News............................... pages 2–3 Focus on Small 4–5 Community News...................... pages 6–7 Voice Network........................... page 8–11 Finance & Funding.................. pages 12–13 Volunteering 14–15 Healthwatch 16–17 Training & 18–19

CVAT News - Summer 2013 Edition

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