The term ‘third sector’ includes registered charities, voluntary and community groups as well as non-profit distributing social enterprises. Their reach is far and wide and is focused on helping and supporting those in need. In 2020 alone, the third sector in the UK contributed £18.2 billion to the UK economy - with the South East holding the highest number of charities across the country.

Working in this sector requires dedication, passion and enthusiasm for making society a better place to live. There are many third sector roles that overlap with others, such as marketing, finance, business, HR, social care and more. Key roles include Project Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Campaigning, Fundraising, Lobbying, Volunteer Management, and Counselling. Another name for the third sector is the 'Voluntary Sector’.

FACTS AND FIGURES:


  • There are approximately 2,500 registered charities operating in Buckinghamshire.
  • More widely, there are estimated to be approximately 13,800 civil society (including registered charities) and informal voluntary organisations in Buckinghamshire.
  • Approximately 175,000 adults in Buckinghamshire volunteer in some capacity at least once a year.
  • The majority of the voluntary sector workforce are women, with men making up a third of the total workforce in June 2018.
  • The proportion of younger people (aged 16-34) working in the voluntary sector has increased by 3% since 2017, but the workforce remains older than other sectors, with 38% of employees aged 50 years and over compared to 35% for the public sector and 30% for the private sector.

THE WORKFORCE:


Some of the key employers within the Public Sector are Epilepsy Society, BFBS, Hightown Housing Association, Groundwork South Trust, Child Bereavement UK, Talkback UK, Buckinghamshire Mind, The PACE Centre, Brain Tumour Research, BucksVision, and Action4Youth.

Why not visit their websites and see if your skills and qualifications match the roles they are looking to hire for? If you are keen to get into this workforce and need to up-skill or study further, see below for what routes you can take into one of these careers.

ROUTES INTO THE THIRD SECTOR:


Use the list below as a starting point for what you could study in order to work within the Third Sector in Buckinghamshire. 

Information for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Could this be the right sector for you?

There are more than 2,000 registered charities in Buckinghamshire

You might have a cause that you have a personal interest in, or you would simply like to help others. Charities offer volunteering opportunities and paid jobs such as:

  • Fundraising officers

  • Marketing managers

  • Project managers

Skills required:

  • Customer service

  • Caring for others

  • Attention to detail

  • Problem-solving

Disability-confident employers include:

  • Chiltern Rangers CIC

  • Enhance the UK

  • Healthy Living Centre

  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

  • Heart of Bucks

  • Missenden Walled Garden

  • Retina UK

  • Rothschild Foundation Waddesdon

  • Talkback

  • The Oasis Partnership

  • Vale of Aylesbury Housing

  • Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust


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