The voluntary sector in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service
Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service
Date of publication
1 June 2005
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This study investigated the state of the voluntary sector in Newcastle in 2005 in terms of certain key variables, namely: staffing, volunteers, committee members and area of operation; and financial information such as range and size, annual income, sources of income, and relation to local authority grant aid. Questionnaires were sent to all 444 Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service members, and 123 were returned. The sample who replied appear to be reasonably representative of the whole membership. The key findings of the report included that 47% of the sample organisations work solely in Newcastle, 53% on a wider basis. Of these, 75% employ staff, with 69% of these having 10 or less staff. In terms of funding, 51% of the groups working only in Newcastle receive grant aid. Every pound in grant aid to organisations working only within Newcastle brings in a further £14. For organisations with a wider geographical remit, every pound of grant aid brings in £18. Voluntary organisations’ annual income ranges from £53 to £8,339,982, but 49% are in the range of £20,000 to £250,000. By far the most important source of income overall is what organisations earn. The paramount importance of earnings as a source of income has grown quite substantially, indicating no reluctance on the part of the sector to let this play a substantial part of their funding strategy.

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