Sector Facts and Figures

Devon Voluntary Action (DeVA) has publishes a series of on-going reports on the Voluntary and Community Sector in Devon.  

Evidence for the information contained in the reports is based on that which DeVA collects through our ongoing work with voluntary groups, not for profit organisations, community groups and social enterprises throughout the county, supplemented by The Charity Commission and other sources.

DeVA has information on 4,185 not for profit groups based in or providing services in Devon. The Charity Commission has 3,813 Devon charities registered.

 

The reports are intended to be a useful source of information for Stautory Agencies and the voluntary sector providing background information and evidence to support the on-going development of services.

 

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Third Sector Overview 2016

This is the third report in the series and it provides an update on the profile of the sector in Devon and highlights differences since the first report issued in September 2014 (available to download below). 

The changes shown in this report reflect DeVA’s continuing commitment to understanding the not for profit sector in Devon. The higher numbers of organisations compared to the 2014 report is partly because of DeVA’s increased knowledge of the sector and more accurate intelligence as well as our work supporting new groups to develop.

The main headlines from the report are:

  • Teignbridge is the district with the most voluntary and community groups with 718 based in the area and 856 providing services.
  • In Devon there are more Registered Charities per 1000 people compared to the whole of the UK.
  • An estimated 87% of the groups in Devon, that DeVA has contact with, are Registered Charities.
  • The most common service provided by Registered Charities within Devon is Education and Training. There are 1814 Charities in Devon provide Education and Training Services.
  • The most common beneficiary are Children and Young People with 2128 Registered Charities working with, or for, Children and Young People in different ways e.g. Pre-schools, Scouts/Guides, Parent and Teacher Associations.
  • The majority of Registered Charities (83%) in Devon are ‘Micro’ or ‘Small’ with an income of below £100,000.
  • Only 5% have an income above £500,000.
  • There is an estimated 59,192 formal volunteers in Devon which donate 118,384 hours a week and £74 million annual contribution.
  • 4.9% of the employed working population in Devon work in the Voluntary Sector.
  • The majority of the patterns in this report are unchanged.
  • Compared to the 2014 report we show a 10% increase of VCS groups in Devon.

Download a full copy of the report here, Third Sector Overview of Devon 2016

 

 

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DeVA Supporting Devon 2014

This is the second report in the series and it looks at the different support needs of the voluntary sector in Devon. 

This report shows how the services provided by DeVA and its partners support organisations and groups across Devon and how, depending on the size of the group, that support varies. This report builds on our first report the Third Sector Overview of Devon 2014 (available to download below).

The main headlines show that: 

  • There are significant differences between the support needs of the smaller groups compared to the larger organisations.
  • The top support needs of micro and small organisations are Funding Advice, Skills Development, and Governance Advice. The top support needs of larger organisations are Skills Development, Information Advice Guidance and Volunteer Support.
  • The majority (65%) of the DeVA support given to organisations between April 2013 and March 2014 was given to smaller groups with an income of below £100,000 (micro and small)
  • Typically, these groups work in small geographical areas and have fewer volunteer hours per week and few, if any, paid staff.

Support provided by DeVA is very important in enabling smaller organisations to continue to exist and to continue to contribute to their communities’ resilience. DeVA helps organisations to access the tools needed to gain funding to allow them to continue to provide their services in their communities. We note that smaller organisations tend to be more grant reliant compared to the larger organisations which are more likely to participate in procurement and contract processes.
 

The full report is availble to download here, DeVA Supporting Devon.

 

 

 

Example imageThird Sector Overview of Devon 2014

This is the first report in the series and it provides a profile of the voluntary sector in Devon and the contribution it makes to the economy.

 

The main headlines from the report are:

  • In Devon there are more Registered Charities per 1000 people compared to the whole of the UK.
  • Teignbridge is the district with the most voluntary and community groups with 586 based
    in the area and 656 providing services. 
  • An estimated 80% of the groups in Devon, that DeVA has contact with, are Registered Charities.
  • The most common service provided by Registered Charities within Devon is Education and Training. There are 1778 Charities in Devon provide Education and Training Service. 
  • The most common beneficiary are Children and Young People with 2188 Registered Charities working with, or for, Children and Young People in different ways e.g. Pre-schools, Scouts/Guides, Parent and Teacher Associations.
  • The majority of Registered Charities (86%) in Devon are ‘Micro’ or ‘Small’ with an income of below £100,000.
  • Only 5% have an income above £500,000.
  • There is an estimated 31,225 formal volunteers in Devon which donate 62,450 hours a week and £39 million annual contribution.
  • 4.9% of the employed working population in Devon work in the Voluntary Sector.

The full report is available to download here, Third Sector Overview of Devon