Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) is the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector support and development organisation covering the Greater Manchester city region. The organisation’s aim is to enable a responsive, accountable and influential local VCSE sector in Greater Manchester that collaborates with others to improve the quality of life of local people.

GMCVO employs around 40 staff working on a range of projects, programmes and services. They support charities and social enterprises with networking opportunities, to build partnerships, grow stronger and ultimately attract funding and influence policy and practice.

GMCVO’s practical services include information-sharing, training, research, project and partnership development and delivery, support for social and community enterprises, peer networks, conferences and events, co-ordination and brokerage of support and funding from national providers (grants, social investment, community shares), specialist support for community hubs, and database and website development. GMCVO also manage the St Thomas Centre, a fully equipped conference and training facility.

Katherine Bird, responsible for the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme, has implemented an approach for large scale programme management activity at GMCVO. She attended PMDoS to explore new ways of working and ideas in order to review and evolve the processes that have been put in place.

“We are approaching the end of the Greater Manchester Talent Match programme, a five-year, £10 million Big Lottery-funded programme supporting young people furthest from the workplace to get into employment. The programme has been delivered through a cross-sector partnership, led by GMCVO, bringing the private, public and voluntary sectors together to tackle the complex issue of youth unemployment. We commissioned 45 youth organisations to provide support and guidance to just under 2000 young people and worked with over 100 employers, supporting them to make their opportunities more accessible.

We are passionate about building the capacity of the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester and helping organisations to demonstrate their impact and use their resources effectively. One important way of achieving this is to help them increase their PPM capability. I found the support I received through the PMDoS invaluable and we look forward to promoting future events to our members, so that they too can benefit from this resource.”

We asked Claire Kilburn (HSE), one of the Consultants who helped GMCVO on the day to give us his view on the experience:

“Thanks for the opportunity to work with a local charity. GMCVO are working so hard everyday with limited resource and it was refreshing to see that they wanted advice to help them do more with less. I was able to recommend a number of changes and improvements they could make which would help them focus their time and resource where it can have the biggest impact. I really hope it helps and I’ve recommended to my employer that we find more opportunities to support initiatives like this again.”

You can join or support the GMCVO by visiting their website and find out more about the Talent Match programme by watching this short video.


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