Number of voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations:
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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||Percent of Organisations|
Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Newry and Armagh
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||Percent of Organisations|
|Antrim and Newtownabbey||4.57|
|Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon||10.90|
|Causeway Coast and Glens||7.27|
|Derry and Strabane||9.18|
|Fermangh and Omagh||7.07|
|Lisburn and Castlereagh||5.82|
|Mid and East Antrim||5.87|
|Newry, Mourne and Down||8.51|
|North Down and Ards||6.45|
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).