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Third Sector

We manage an expanding agenda of policies and programmes aimed at developing the capacity and supporting the development of the third sector in the region. We do this by working with a wide range of partners and agencies, including Voluntary Sector North West and One North West, to allow a strong, vibrant third sector to be at the heart of regeneration and community cohesion.

In terms of paid third sector staff, the North West has the fastest growing regional third sector in the UK. Added to this are significant numbers (100,000s) of volunteers.

There are now 64,000 paid third sector staff working for at least 31,400 third sector organisations with a combined income, in the North West, of over £3.2bn . Despite this, third sector employment in the North West (in comparison to national third sector employment rates) is still under-performing.

The third sector works across a wide spectrum of issues, which includes:

  • Providing preventative health services
  •  Delivering and shaping services for Children and Young People
  • Domestic violence support services
  • Working with communities of place, interest, identity, and faith
  • Legal, personal and financial advice services
  • Delivering training and promoting learning
  • Community transport services
  • Supporting safer and more cohesive communities
  • Working and campaigning on environmental issues
  • Services for and/or delivered by older people
  • Drug and addiction dependency support work
  • Housing, neighbourhood management, homelessness advice and support work
  • Supporting people back into paid employment
  • Helping social enterprises get started
  • Tackling inequality
  • Volunteering

Contact information

Worklessness, Regeneration and Social Exclusion Group
City Tower
Piccadilly Plaza
Manchester
M1 4BE
email: gonwcommunities@gonw.gsi.gov.uk


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