VCSE facts and figures

The voluntary and community sector plays an important role in the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Here are some key facts and figures:

The approximate number of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

The number of adults doing some kind of voluntary work in the county

The approximate number of people now employed in Cornwall’s VCSE sector


  • £480 million: the combined income of voluntary and community groups in Cornwall
  • £450 million: the value of volunteering to the county

The impact of the VCSE sector

You can download an infographic poster with key facts about the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Cornwall and current employment and skills needs, and the full research report produced by Transform. For more on the VCSE sector’s role in the Cornish economy, read the VCSE Employment & Skills Strategy 2014-2020 (there is a shorter 16-page summary version here) and the 2008 report Valuing the Voluntary Sector.

Children and young people

Following the publication of the VCSE Employment & Skills Strategy, Cornwall Youth Partnership formally requested that we produce a separate report looking specifically at the Children and Young People VCSE sector in Cornwall. This is summarised in this infographic poster the full research report by Transform.

Social enterprises

In 2014 VSF published the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly: Social Enterprise Zone Strategy 2014 – 2020 with Enterprising Leaders aimed at developing the economy and reinvesting the profit to maximise social impact. Key stats are summarised in this infographic poster.