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What is GMVSS?

GMVSS is a partnership of organisations that support and strengthen the voluntary and community sector across Greater Manchester

GMVSS is made up of its members.  The aim is to improve and strengthen the voluntary and community sector in Greater Manchester through a collaborative, co-ordinated approach.

We were formed in 2005 in response to a central government programme called ‘ChangeUp’.  As the lead body, GMCVO takes overall responsibility and helps drive our vision forward with the members.

Photo from Raising the Game event in Manchester
Photo: Community Network for Manchester's raising the game event

An Overview - A handy summary of who we are and what we do
Our Background- Our history and origins
Our Members- A list of our members, with links to who they are and what they offer
Case Studies - Some examples of work by our members and the support that is offered
Get involved or become a member - Find out how to get involved and become a member

Our Vision: High quality and relevant support to the voluntary and community sector in Greater Manchester, which is: Available and accessible to all, Structured and organised for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, and Sustainably funded.

Useful Publications:

PDF iconSpinning the Spiders Web - A mapping exercise of the Greater Manchester Voluntary and Community Sector infrastructure services, written up by GMCVO at the start of the Changeup programme in 2005. The report identifies gaps in service provision as well as providing a snapshot of what was in place at the beginning of the ChangeUp programme.

Building the Capacity of the Third Sector - Published by the National Audit Office, this report examines ChangeUp and Futurebuilders, two Cabinet Office programmes designed to build the capacity of the 'third sector'. They were introduced by the Home Office in 2004 to address the findings of a 2002 Treasury review that the third sector's ability to contribute to the delivery of public services was constrained by a lack of capacity.

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