T3SC (Tameside Third Sector Coalition) started life in 2001 as a development of the work of the Compact Group, who identified the gaps in support and development for voluntary and community groups in Tameside, including the need to strengthen the sector as a whole.
Funding was secured from Tame Valley Partnership to appoint the first member of staff - Director Moira Cunningham - in October 2001. T3SC became a company limited by
guarantee in December of that year and a small staff team took up post in January 2002. Initially all staff were employed by Tameside Council on behalf of T3SC, and an interim board (drawn for the previous steering group) held office. Shortly afterwards T3SC secured funding to became the delivery body for the Community Empowerment network locally – which became Voice
Voluntary and community organisation
In July 2002, the first formal elections to the Board were held, with board members drawn from Tameside Voice. A structure for T3SC and Voice had been agreed at a special session of the Board, in which was decided that the Board of T3SC is effectively the Executive Committee of Voice, as well as the board of trustees of the organisation itself. This decision means that T3SC belongs to the wider voluntary and community sector, and to the communities that feed into it. In October 2002, the Tameside and Glossop Alliance for Community Care for Voluntary Organisations (TGCCAVO) merged with T3SC, and is now the Health and Social Care Project
within the organisation.
Registered charity with NAVCA Quality Award
Since then, T3SC has continued to grow and develop. Tony Okotie joined T3SC as Chief Executive in January 2008, and in May 2008 T3SC received the NAVCA Quality Award in recognition of the standard of our work.