Yorkshire and the Humber is a big region with a big heart, says a new research report on the charitable sector. Funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the survey of over 1,000 charities shows that there are 341,700 people who regularly volunteer in Yorkshire – giving over 24m hours of work each year. If paid average wages, it would cost £297m to replace them.
The voluntary sector makes a big economic contribution too. Yorkshire’s 10,250 Charities employ 85,000 full-time equivalent staff and the value of their wages alone is £1.8bn.
The Third Sector Trends study, which has been running in the region since 2010 shows that the charity sector in Yorkshire is more buoyant than in 2013. 18% of charities had significantly rising income compared with just 13% in 2013. In 2013, 24% of charities had significantly falling income, but now it’s only 19%.
It’s not all good news. Charities in the poorest areas are twice as likely to be financially vulnerable (30%) compared with the richest areas (14%). The report’s author, Professor Tony Chapman of Durham University argues that the voluntary sector makes a vital contribution due to austerity policies.
The report shows, about a third of charities support people who are suffering from poverty, unemployment, homelessness and low pay. That’s about 3,500 voluntary organisations across the region