This report presents key findings from the Third Sector Trends study in 2016 from across Northern England and specifically in North East England and for each of its four sub-regions: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley. Key findings can be found in the Highlights Report.
The Third Sector Trends study was conceived and originally commissioned by Northern Rock Foundation with research conducted by the Universities of Southampton, Teesside and Durham. The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland was a co-funder of the research and is now responsible for its legacy. The Community Foundation is now collaborating with partners including St Chad’s College at the University of Durham, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and IPPR North to expand and continue the research.
The Third Sector Trends survey was designed to explore the structure and dynamics of the Third Sector and to examine how individual Third Sector organisations (TSOs) fare over time in the context of change. The biennial survey which runs across the North East of England and Cumbria received the following levels of responses; 2010, n=1,055; 2012, n=1,700; 2014, n=1,318; and in 2016, n=1,369.
Professor Tony Chapman spoke in Bradford City Hall Council Chamber on 29th June about his research on the Third Sector in the City. The presentation was based on 167 responses, the best result for a single local authority in a wider survey on the sector across Yorkshire and the Humber.
The audience was a mix of voluntary sector and public sector participants who wanted to know what the key trends were in the funding and financial wellbeing of charities in Bradford.
The session was opened by Councillor Abdul Jabar who has Cabinet responsibility for neighbourhood and community safety in the city and chaired by Amria Khatun of Bradford Council Strategy Office for Stronger Communities.
The presentation, which draws on data from the JRF funded Third Sector Trends study in Yorkshire and the Humber, shows that the voluntary sector in Bradford is resilient but that organisations are more likely to be facing financial vulnerability than in Yorkshire and the Humber as a whole.
The event was organised by Paul Colley of Community Action Bradford and District and joint funded with City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
A couple of weeks ago a slightly depleted Chapel Choir took a weekend trip to Jersey. Though they generally tour for longer this year various commitments meant that tour time was reduced, making the relative proximity of Jersey the ideal choice.
It would be fair to say that there were doubts in the choir about what the tour would be like, having become accustomed to more exciting sounding locations, but the doubters were soon proved wrong; Jersey turned out to have plenty to do, excellent weather and some of the best audiences the choir has had.
On the Friday evening, the choir enjoyed a visit to Ce Soir, a bar in St Helier, where they hosted, and sang for, a gathering of St Chad’s Alumni living on the island. On Saturday the second official engagement of tour was a late-morning concert in St Aubin, a beautiful harbour town. The view from where the choir were singing in the Methodist Church looked out across the harbour to the bay beyond- possibly the best concert view ever. The audience were also excellent – not only was the church full, but they were keen to stay and chat and invite the choir back again as soon as possible!!
Sunday’s official engagement was the morning Eucharist in Town Church, the main Anglican church in St Helier. Not only was the service much better attended than St Chad’s Chapel an extremely impressive spread of sandwiches, cakes and snacks was provided for choir and congregation afterwards. The choir’s expectations for next year in Chad’s have been considerably raised!
Determined to make the most of their 48 hour tour the choir also managed to squeeze in a beach trip, a visit to the Gerald Durrell Conservation Zoo, a tour of the Jersey War Tunnels, a sea swim (or two for some choir members), a trip to the pub and a barbeque. Even so I suspect many choir members will be hoping to return to Jersey: 48hours was simply not enough to fully make the most of the island.