Cheshire & Merseyside VCFSE state of the sector survey launched today

Today is launch of the Cheshire & Merseyside VCFSE sector survey as part of a collaboration with the VS6 Partnership, Cheshire and Warrington Infrastructure Partnership (CWIP) and Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW). If you are a voluntary, community, faith or social enterprise organisation operating in Cheshire and Merseyside we invite you to be part of this exciting research project!

The survey is a crucial part of a wider State of the Sector project designed to develop a deeper understanding of the VCFSE sector across Cheshire and Merseyside in order to improve our knowledge of the size and scope of the sector, understand needs and challenges, and develop data and insights that can be used at a regional and place level with commissioners, funders and to influence policy and decision making.

The VCFSE sector is facing many challenges including the aftermath of COVID-19, Brexit and the current cost of living crisis therefore it is essential that we develop a thorough understanding of the current state of the sector so we can plan for achieving a sustainability and resilience in Cheshire and Merseyside moving forward. Alongside this survey, we will also be producing several case studies across the region to elevate and ground this work.

Sefton CVS is supporting the survey and we are encouraging VCF sector community groups and organisations to share with networks and provide their views to ensure insights from Sefton are captured.

As a thankyou from Sefton CVS for your time, we will enter all Sefton survey respondents into a prize draw for £100.

This survey will ask questions on topic areas such as finance and funding, physical assets, workforce, and organisational development as well as general questions about your organisation type and areas of work.

The survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete and will be active until Friday 28 April. For any questions, please contact Laura Tilston at

To access the survey please follow this link: