The Greater Manchester VCSE Devolution Reference Group, with support from colleagues at the GM Combined Authority, has developed a VCSE policy position paper which sets out a long-term ambition for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester. 

The paper builds on the Accord with the Mayor of Greater Manchester and GM Combined Authority, and the Memorandum of Understanding with the GM Health and Social Care Partnership.

It is intended to be really ambitious, describing a future role equal to those of the state and business. It sets out what the VCSE sector could bring over the next 25 years to Greater Manchester people and communities, and what would need to be done to enable it, including investment. 

It is not an action plan, but after the Policy Paper is finalised in November, an ‘implementation and transformation plan’ will be developed over the following year in each of the ten localities as well as for Greater Manchester. The plans will vary, but will all be co-designed with relevant partners within the broad framework set out in this Paper.

You can respond to the online survey, which is open until 30 September, 2019. There will also be consultation events, which will be advertised soon via GMCVO and local CVSs.

The draft Executive Summary of the paper is attached or can be viewed online here. If you would like a copy of the full document, please email Katya Pursall (