About the VCSE Sector

The role of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in the North East is vital and 98% of our members say VONNE strengthens the voice of the sector.

There are approximately 7,000 VCSE organisations in the region and the sector is a major employer, accounting for 3-4% of regional employment.  This page contains useful information about the VCSE sector and links to resources produced by VONNE and other organisations.


Third Sector Trends Study 2016

This annual study provides a snapshot of the scale, dynamics and needs of the VCSE sector in the North East.

The latest publications can be downloaded from the Community Foundation's website: both the highlights report and the digest of findings full report.

We have produced this handy infographic to illustrate key statistics from the Study, available to view via Issuu below.  Just click on the image to make it full screen.



Vital Issues

Vital Issues is part of a national initiative promoted through UK Community Foundations to provide an insight into the issues that affect communities across the country. For each area, a Vital Issues report is produced to provide an evidence base for the area. This is then summarised in Vital Signs - a community philanthropy guide which identifies the issues that philanthropy can help to address.

Vital Issues reports are available for County Durham including Darlington and Tees Valley including Darlington.


Surviving or Thriving 2016 

During 2016 VONNE undertook the eighth survey in our continued monitoring of the state of the sector in the North East. In a period of ongoing austerity and public spending cuts the survey results show the VCSE sector continues to respond to the challenges these issues pose to North East communities.

Just over 100 organisations responded to the survey, representing a broad cross section of VCSE organisations in the region. These range from small, neighbourhood groups to large national enterprising charities. The majority of respondents predominantly fell into the small to medium sized organisational category with a turnover between £10,000- £1m and the majority were service providers, with the largest service provision category being health and wellbeing.

Respondents were represented from right across the region covering every local authority area and between them they supported over 180,000 individuals in the North East, and almost 7,000 other organisations. They employ over 2,480 people and work with nearly 3,000 volunteers.

Download Surviving or Thriving full report (PDF: 2.05 MB)

Read Jane Hartley's blog on the findings.