Taking Account 2013

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

Taking Account 3 video

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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