Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

GMCVO Reports

Ambition for Ageing Interim Programme Evaluation Report 2019 21 Jun 2019

The Interim Programme Evaluation report seeks to measure the impact Ambition for Ageing has had regarding improving age-friendliness and social connections within our delivery areas.

Greater Manchester Talent Match Critical Learning: Working with employers 3 May 2019

Greater Manchester Talent Match was a GMCVO-led programme (2013-18) that ended in December 2018.

Social Infrastructure: How shared spaces make communities work 26 Apr 2019

GMCVO-led project Ambition for Ageing’s new report Social Infrastructure: How shared spaces make communities work, argues that to reduce social isolation, we need a diversity of social infras

Working Inclusively to Make Communities Age-Friendly 8 Apr 2019

Working Inclusively to Make Communities Age-Friendly is a new Ambition for Ageing briefing that asserts that equality, diversity and inclusivity are core to understanding and reduc

‘CONNECT: Learn, Share, Improve’ Project Summary 28 Mar 2019

Over 2017/18, the GM Talent Match Youth Panel worked with Youth

Age-Friendly Futures: Learning from Ambition for Ageing on developing age-friendly neighbourhoods 19 Feb 2019

In December 2018, over 50 Ambition for Ageing (AfA) contractors, old and new came together to network and share learning as the programme’s focus shifts from delivery to sustainability and le

Supporting our Staff as Older Carers: a VCSE briefing 7 Feb 2019

GMCVO-led Ambition for Ageing’s Working Potential has released a briefing that outlines how VCSE organisations can support older carers as employees or potential employees and therefore lead

Building Age-Friendly Neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester – evidence from the AFA programme 15 Jan 2019

 GMCVO-led Ambition for Ageing has found out what makes an age-friendly neighbourhood in Greater Manchester from over 3,000 older people.

Still Hidden: A deeper look at hidden young people and how best to support them toward employment 6 Dec 2018

Building on the learning from 2017's Hidden report, Still Hidden delves deeper into hidden young people’s living circumstanc

Resilience in an Ageing Greater Manchester 7 Nov 2018

This report, released by GMCVO-led project Ambition for Ageing looks at the needs of older people in resilience planning.

Evaluating Lead the Change: Impact & Learning report - UnLtd 7 Aug 2018

This report provides an overview of the findings from UnLtd's evaluation of the Lead the Change programme, which GMCVO delivered as one of UnLtd's partners. 

Age-friendly communities in practice - a portfolio of good practice in age-friendliness across GM 12 Jul 2018

In this portfolio you will find 30 examples of a wide range of initiatives, large and small, that are making very real, and very big, differences to GM residents’ day to day lives.

Community Media for Greater Manchester: An Ambition for Connected Later Life 13 Jun 2018

In conjunction with London based CIC, Social Spider, Ambition for Ageing has just published a report looking at how community media works and its potential f

Ambition for Ageing latest report: Social Isolation and Older Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic People in Greater Manchester 26 Apr 2018

Ambition for Ageing's latest report calls for more research into the experiences of older Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in Greater Manchester in order to tackle social isolation.

Asset-based Approaches and Inequalities 25 Apr 2018

Ambition for Ageing has released a briefing titled Asset-based Approaches and Inequalities, looking at the risks of exacerbating inequalities that we know asset-based approaches can result in.

Accord between Mayor and GM Combined Authority and the VCSE Sector 6 Nov 2017

An Accord between the Mayor and GM Combined Authority and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

Social Capital - an Overview 17 Oct 2017

This briefing is the output of the first phase of a GMCVO joint project with the University of Manchester about the role of local organisations in facilitating social capital.

Greater Manchester State of the VCSE Sector 2017 1 Jun 2017

This report, commissioned by GMCVO and 10GM, provides an up-to-date snapshot of the VCSE sector across the city region and illustrates what has and has not cha

Hidden: Who are ‘hidden’ young people and why are they not engaging with welfare support? 26 May 2017

Up to half of unemployed young people in Greater Manchester are missing out on valuable support in finding work due to being ‘hidden’

MoU between GM Heath and Social Care Partnership and VCSE 27 Jan 2017

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Board and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector.

Submission to RSA Inclusive Economic Growth Commission 13 Jan 2017

GMCVO's response to the RSA Inclusive Economic Growth Commission's 'Emerging Findings' report.

Manifesto for a new relationship between the GM VCSE sector and the GM Mayor 21 Dec 2016

A manifesto has been developed in collaboration with other VCSE leadership organisations and networks in Greater Manchester.

Taking Charge Together: Final report on VCSE and Healthwatch organisations’ Community Engagement Strand 18 Aug 2016

Findings from a research project which involved over 130 ‘conversations’ on health and social care devolution with hard-to-reach groups in Greater Manchester.

Skills for Change: A Research Report about VCSE Skills Needs 2 Aug 2016

Skills for Change is the product of joint research conducted by GMCVO researcher Susanne Martikke and Noemi Sinkovics from Manchester Business School in 2015.

Big Conversation Evaluation 2015 3 May 2016

An evaluation of the Greater Manchester Talent Match 'Big Conversation' which took place in December 2015.

Greater than the sum of its parts: What works in sustaining community-university partnerships 24 Mar 2016

This research report uses data from interviews with members of more than 20 community university partnerships (CUPs) to examine the key features of CUPs, identify how the partners learn from each o

Delivering Change: testing a new approach to selective investment in local voluntary organisations 8 Sep 2014

A report on a pilot programme carried out by Greater Manchester Probation Trust and GMCVO which tested a new approach to commissioning, with the objective of increasing the support available in the

What the local voluntary sector needs from a new Government 9 May 2014

This GMCVO paper is intended to help frame and trigger discussions with those developing policy within the main political parties in the run-up to the general election in 2015.

Greater Manchester Strategy 2013-20: GMCVO response to consultation 19 Jun 2013

GMCVO's response to the consultation on the revised Greater Manchester Strategy, which sets the framework within which economic policy is developed for the city region.

Greater Manchester State of the Voluntary Sector 2013 15 May 2013

This research report, commissioned by GMCVO and others, provides data on the social and economic impact of the voluntary sector in Greater Manchester.

Measuring Child Poverty 22 Feb 2013

GMCVO's response to the Government's proposal for multi-dimensional poverty measures argues that they do not provide a more effective way of measuring child poverty.

Transforming Rehabilitation 22 Feb 2013

GMCVO's response to the Government's proposals to reform the delivery of offender services in the community.

Extreme poverty in Greater Manchester: Research report and recommendations 31 Jan 2013

In January 2013 the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission (GMPC) published its report and recommendations for action to assist Greater Manchester residents who experience the

From Poverty to Financial Inclusion 27 Nov 2012

A report on a cross-sector meeting in Oldham to share ideas on reducing the impact of poverty on individuals and families, and to support community action towards building financial inclusion.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cuts 16 Oct 2012

Findings from a GMCVO survey on the impact of spending cuts on communities across Greater Manchester.

2011 Census 24 Aug 2012

A brief overview of initial statistics presented at a New Economy briefing held on 16th August 2012

Understanding the capacity of voluntary sector organisations to engage with public sector proposals within the remit of criminal justice 18 Jul 2012

Summary of research which aimed to explore some of the key themes and issues for the voluntary sector arising from the Government’s plans to open up public service delivery.

Apprenticeship grants 1 Jun 2012

GMCVO briefing outlining the funding available for small employers from the National Apprenticeship Service and the extra incentives available in Greater Manchester.

Mapping Food Poverty and Food Deserts in Greater Manchester 28 Mar 2012

A report from GMCVO on the research that has been carried out on the extent of food poverty in Greater Manchester.

Reading the Riots: Manchester's Community Conversation 23 Mar 2012

A report from a conversation between community groups, council figures, the police and members of the public about the Manchester riots in 2011.

Understanding the contribution of Greater Manchester’s voluntary sector to reducing reoffending 22 Mar 2012

Greater Manchester voluntary sector‘s capacity to rehabilitate offenders is highlighted in this GMCVO study.

Strategic Guide: an overview of GMCVO’s involvement with AGMA and its strategic commissions 10 Feb 2012

A summary of GMCVO's involvement with the commissions and other bodies co-ordinated by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Engagement Guide: how to get involved with GMCVO and influence policy 2 Feb 2012

This guide shows how voluntary and community organisations can get involved with GMCVO and help to build a more influential voice for ther sector.

Calling Time 14 Dec 2011

A short account of the steps taken by Manchester Youth Volunteering Project to close down and transfer its assets to a new organisation.

The Ambitions and Challenges of Social Return on Investment 21 Nov 2011

This report based on a GMCVO event shows the difficulty of capturing social value, no matter which tool is being used.

Opening public services? 12 Jul 2011

The government’s new white paper on public service reform provides more questions than answers.

Building Social Marketplaces 3 Jun 2011

Paper explores the importance of 'marketplaces' in enabling voluntary sector providers and commissioners to 'trade' in the delivery of public sector services.

Think Tanks: influencing policy and debate 3 Dec 2010

A short report providing overviews of eleven of the most influential think tanks in the UK has been produced by GMCVO.

VCS Views on the Public Sector Funding Cuts - a GMCVO 2010 survey 1 Dec 2010

Many voluntary organisations in Greater Manchester are having to use their reserves in order to stay afloat amidst the public sector funding cuts, according to a new GMCVO survey.

Was it worth it? Research report on the Project Towpath Community Grants initiative 25 Nov 2010

The involvement of a project which supported small groups to build the confidence and skills of unemployed adults from the most disadvantaged and excluded communities has been hailed a “valua

Position Statement on ‘Big Society’, localism and equalities in the voluntary sector 20 Oct 2010

The Greater Manchester Equalities and Human Rights Parliament calls on the Government to ensure that ‘Big Society’ does not increase existing levels of inequality and disadvantage.

Mobilising Volunteers: Transport to Involvement and Opportunity 2 Aug 2010

This research report explores removing barriers and improving access to transport for volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations and infrastructure in Greater Manchester.

Wake Up Saddleworth 22 Jun 2010

This research report was funded by DEFRA and carried out by the Rural Resource Unit at GMCVO in 2008.

Proposal to establish a Combined Authority for Greater Manchester 1 Jun 2010

Briefing on plans for a new Combined Authority, which would take over responsibility for co-ordinating economic development, regeneration and transport provision across Greater Manchester.

On the Edge - Isolation of Greater Manchester's Rural Communities 17 Jul 2009

On the Edge, a 2007 report by GMCVO’s DEFRA-funded Rural Resource Unit, highlights that rural areas in Greater Manchester often feel marginalised and isolated, not only from the main

Commissioning: Possible 12 Dec 2008

A new report from GMCVO's Health Partnership Project provides an insight into the experiences of third sector organisations in Greater Manchester with public sector commissioning.

Health Partnership Year One Report 5 Dec 2008

This report details the outcomes of the first year's work of the Greater Manchester Health Partnership.

Spinning the Spider's Web - Mapping of the Greater Manchester VCS Infrastructure 6 Oct 2007

As part of the Home Office’s ChangeUp initiative to improve the voluntary and community sector’s (VCS) infrastructure, GMVCO took on the responsibility of conducting a mapping exercise