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The board of trustees is committed to NCVO’s equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and culture change programme.

We believe being open about this process, including what we’re learning and the decisions we’re making, is a crucial part of that culture change journey.

The latest research from the Covid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer reveals big changes in how charities and voluntary sector organisations are using digital technology to work and deliver services due to the pandemic. 81% of organisations surveyed said they have changed the way they use digital technology as a result of the pandemic.

A new working group to look at the issue of flexible working in the charity sector is being launched by membership bodies NCVO and ACEVO with support from Starfish Search, an executive search firm.

I would like to thank you for all your positive feedback on our new strategic priorities and in particular your recent experience of our network building, training and support services. Following our extensive strategy process, on behalf of the board of trustees, I am now pleased to share an update on some of the work we are undertaking in relation to governance at NCVO to underpin our ability to support the sector now and in the future.

The latest research from the covid-19 voluntary sector impact barometer reveals that while the majority of charities and voluntary sector organisations have drawn up plans to address equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues in their workplace, volunteers and services (79%) – with 59% of these revising their EDI approach since March 2020 – implementing these plans and increasing diversity has remained a challenge due to the impact of the pandemic and a lack of resources.

To mark the launch of Volunteers’ Week 2021, 1-7 June, a government minister and charities around the UK are encouraging everyone to use it as ‘a time to say thanks’ to all those volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Ahead of the launch of Volunteers’ Week 2021, 1-7 June, new research has revealed a far more mixed impact from the pandemic for charities and volunteer numbers than many headlines have suggested. The research also reveals increased positivity among charities, greater diversity among UK volunteers, and the rise of the digital volunteer.

 

Ahead of May’s local elections, new research released today finds that the pandemic has offered ‘promising signs of improvement’ in relationships and collaboration between charities and local authorities. Over half of the charities surveyed said local authorities have become ‘more responsive’ to their needs during coronavirus, and many charities have increased their engagement with local government. However, the research also finds that the improvements in relationships with local authorities appear skewed towards larger charities, with smaller organisations missing out or seeing a decline.

NCVO is predicting better than expected year-end financial results for 2020-21 and has today announced a new leadership team who will work with interim CEO Sarah Vibert and the board of trustees.

  • Income from trading activity expected to drop more than 17% next year.
  • Two in five voluntary organisations have six months left of reserves.
  • Many charities now run fewer services than pre-pandemic, others have expanded.

New research shows that the impact of the pandemic has been “uneven and unpredictable” on voluntary organisations and warns of projected declines in funding from all income sources in the next financial year.

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