New research on our sector

Taking Account is the economic and social audit of the community and voluntary sector in Brighton and Hove. This audit is repeated every five years. It is a robust piece of research which evidences the significant contribution that the community and voluntary sector makes to life in our city. We published our Taking Account 3 report in June 2014. To look at the full report go to www.bhcommunityworks.org.uk/research

Or you can see the Executive Summary here: Taking Account 3 Executive Summary

Key findings from the report are:

  • There are about 2,300 community groups and voluntary organisations in our city
  • Most community groups and voluntary organisations main activities are to empower people to improve the quality of their life or to bringing people together
  • The median numbers of users per community group or voluntary organisation is 300
  • The local community and voluntary sector employs 6,900 people
  • There is an estimated ratio of 4 to 1, volunteers to paid staff
  • There are 27,600 volunteering positions and a further 11,800 positions on management committees and boards in our city
  • Volunteers donate 110,400 hours per week or 5,740,800 hours per year to our city
  • If these volunteers were paid the Living Wage (£7.65) for their work with community groups and voluntary organisations then their donated time would be worth £845,000 per week or £44 million per year
  • The estimated income of the community and voluntary sector is £73 million per year
  • The community and voluntary sector contributes about £127 million to our local economy every year
  • The majority of this income comes from outside the city

“Our sector has an estimated income of £73 million a year and contributes about £127 million to the local economy every year.”

“Our sector has an estimated income of £73 million a year and contributes about £127 million to the local economy every year.”

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