Nearly half of voluntary organisations have not engaged with regionalisation in any way, according to a poll by NCVO.
Linda Mitchell, NCVO's regional development manager, speaking at the Route Map to the Regions conference, said this was surprising since an increasing amount of the work the sector is doing has a regional agenda including policy work surrounding regeneration and social enterprise.
Mitchell suggested that the sector should share resources on a regional level and develop clusters in the nine government regions. "If it can work with IT in Silicon Valley and with films in Hollywood, why not the UK voluntary sector?
The survey also established that only 3 per cent of organisations have a regional structure which corresponds to the nine government regions.
And more than half the organisations with a regional structure don't have a dedicated member of staff for the management of the regions.