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Number of voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations:

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You can find the data used in this section on NICVA's Data Portal.

Geographic spread of voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland (Data: NICVA)
Geographic spread of voluntary, community and social enterprise organsations in NI (Data: NICVA)

 

Close to two-thirds of respondents to the State of the Sector Survey (70%/ n=577) identified themselves as a voluntary organisation. One-quarter of respondents (25%) identified themselves as a community group, while 5% stated they were a social enterprise. 

 
 

The majority of respondents (81%/ n=666) were based only in Northern Ireland, which mirrors findings from the previous State of the Sector research (80.4%). 6.7% were part of a UK wide organisation while 5.8% were part of an all Ireland organisation.

 
 

As presented in the heatmap below, the constituency with the highest proportion of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations was Belfast South (10.62%). This was followed by Belfast North (7.56%) and Fermanagh and South Tyrone (6.53%). 

Constituency Heatmap
Heatmap of Community and Voluntary Organisations by Constituency Areas
ConstituencyPercent of Organisations

Belfast East

5.18

Belfast North

7.56

Belfast South

10.62

Belfast West

5.86

East Antrim

3.49

East Londonderry

5.09

Fermanagh and South Tyrone

6.53

Foyle

6.49

Lagan Valley

4.36

Mid Ulster

4.97

Newry and Armagh

6.48

North Antrim

5.38

North Down

3.89

South Antrim

3.49

South Down

5.38

Strangford

3.54

Upper Bann

6.21

West Tyrone

5.49

Chart data: NICVA Datastore

As presented in the heatmap below, the three council areas with the highest proportion of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations were Belfast (26.89%), Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (10.9%) and Derry and Strabane (9.18%). 

Council Heatmap
Heatmap of Community and Voluntary Organisations by New Council Areas
CouncilPercent of Organisations
Antrim and Newtownabbey4.57
Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon10.90
Belfast26.89
Causeway Coast and Glens7.27
Derry and Strabane9.18
Fermangh and Omagh7.07
Lisburn and Castlereagh5.82
Mid and East Antrim5.87
Mid Ulster7.46
Newry, Mourne and Down8.51
North Down and Ards6.45
Chart data: NICVA Datastore

The top five areas of work identified by respondents in the State of the Sector Survey were community development, education and training, health and wellbeing and children (6-13 years) and children (0-5 years).