Community Organisations

Bolton Council for Voluntary Services (BCVS)

Bolton Council for Voluntary Services is an independent organisation which aims to develop and promote voluntary action throughout the Bolton Borough in order to meet the needs of the community. The role of the Council is supporting, developing and representing voluntary organisations, volunteers and communities.

BCVS provides a channel of communication between voluntary and community groups and local statutory organisations such as the Local Authority
Bury CVS

Rochdale Council for Voluntary Service (Rochdale CVS)

Connie Cryer
Senior Volunteer Development Officer
155-158 Drake Street
Rochdale OL16 1PY
Tel: 01706 631291

Jill Green
Volunteer Development Officer
155-158 Drake Street
Rochdale OL16 1PY
Tel: 01706 631291
Wigan and Leigh CVS

Wigan and Leigh CVS aim to empower and develop local voluntary and community organisations in the Wigan Metropolitan Borough by:
  • Ensuring that the voluntary sector has a voice in the Borough
  • Representing the voluntary sector locally, regionally and nationally
  • Encouraging good practice
  • Offering access to accurate and up to date information
  • Providing opportunities for networking
  • Developing skills, knowledge and expertise
  • Supporting the development of new initiatives to meet community needs
93 Church Street

Contact number: 01942 514234

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Stockport CVS
Voluntary Action Manchester

As the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) for Manchester, we have contact with a very wide range of voluntary and community groups. Many of them choose to include their details in our directory of voluntary organisations in Manchester. The directory contains details of over 600 groups. It is fully indexed by subject and by organisation name and is also organised into categories, e.g. Child & Family Support, Disability, Mental Health and so on.

For more information contact:

Voluntary Action Manchester's main switchboard: 0161 234 2929
Community Contact: 0161 234 2905
Voluntary Action Oldham

Voluntary Action Oldham is the capacity building and voluntary and community sector development agency for Oldham, providing practical support services to Voluntary sector organisations and Community Groups.

This includes helping organisations to identify funding sources, access information, support training needs and recruit and support volunteers.

Voluntary Action Oldham supports the representative body for our sector, providing representation on many of the panels and partnerships across the Borough; including the Local Strategic Partnership, lobbying, supporting and recognising of the voluntary sector as an equal partner within the decision making processes which affect our town.

Voluntary Action Oldham has also supported the bringing in of Partnership money and resources into the borough.

Voluntary Action Oldham is responsible for developing the Community Network for Oldham; enabling members of local groups to contribute to the planning and decision making within Oldham
Tameside third sector coalition

Tameside Third Sector Coalition - is an independent voluntary organisation. We are a registered charity and the CVS (Council for Voluntary Service) for Tameside

T3SC are continuing to work with partners across the borough to agree a set of priorities for local people. These priorities are around four themed blocks;
  • children and young people
  • safer and stronger communities
  • healthier communities and older people
  • economic development and enterprise.
For more information contact:

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Phone: 0161 339 4985

Address: St Michaels Court,
Stamford Street
Ol6 6XN
Oxfam's UK Poverty Programme Migrant Workers Project

Oxfam has received money from the Big Lottery Fund for 3 years to run a project to work with people who are not from the UK and who are working in the UK or who are looking for work - people known as migrant workers. The project works with men and women from different countries around the world who are working in the UK or looking for work in the UK.

The project plans to work in the North West of England for the first year and then Yorkshire and Humberside and the South East after that.

Why are Oxfam running a Migrant Workers' Project?

We know that migrant workers often work in jobs where there are bad conditions, low pay, discrimination, lack of rights and benefits like sick pay or paid holidays. They might be working in jobs which they have too many qualifications for or might need information about finding a job.

People who have arrived the UK recently might not know where to go for help, what services they can use, how to open a bank account or get a national insurance number, where to find English classes or other information about living in the UK. The migrant workers project aims to work with migrant workers and others to find solutions to these problems.

What will the Migrant Workers' Project do?

Work with migrant workers to run workshops and training where people can find out information about living and working in the UK. We will run workshops with other agencies on subjects that you choose yourselves

For example;
  • Your rights at work
  • How to open a back account and get a national insurance number
  • Looking for work in the UK - who can help
The aim of the project is to provide training and support to migrant workers who would like to become volunteer 'Leaders' to develop their skills. The project will support volunteer Leaders to develop their ideas for activities which will improve the lives of other migrant workers. The project could support leaders to speak to the media to publicise the real experiences of migrant workers in the UK and to let the public know about all the positive benefits that migrant workers bring to the UK

We will produce a newsletter 3 times a year for migrant workers and services which migrant workers will use, like doctors and advice centres. The newsletter will give you information about your rights and changes in the law which will affect you.

The project will work with agencies like Trade Unions, Advice Services, Health Services and colleges to support them to work with migrant workers in a better way

The project will work with one company to help it improve the conditions of migrant worker employees.

The project will try to bring together migrant workers and decision makers, the media and politicians so that decisions that affect your lives are made with your opinions and experiences in mind.

For further information contact:

Project Co-ordinator -Farah Kurji ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0161 861 7251 07787 744 666)

Project Assistant - Helen Welch ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 0161 860 4021)

Oxfam UK Poverty Programme
494 Wilbraham Road
M21 9AS

Wirral Change - Black and Racial Minority Employment Outreach Service
Offer information, advice and guidance on jobs, education, training and self-employment.

Work in partnership to provide other special services including:

immigration information and support,

general benefits advice,

smoking cessation advice

and signposting to other services.

Contact the Wirral Change office at

The Lauries Centre, 142 Claughton Rd, Birkenhead CH41 6EY

Tel: 0151 650 5428

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