Coronavirus: Advice for your organisation 


Volunteering and coronavirus: How you can help

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It is still too early to determine the full extent of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the charity sector’s finances, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) said today, but the voluntary sector will inevitably be smaller in the immediate future at least.

Karl Wilding, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said: 

With charity shops shut and fundraising events cancelled, we estimate charities stand to lose around £4bn in 12 weeks as a result of the crisis. We have been pushing for government support because we know how many people and communities rely on the services charities provide, many of which are now at risk.

Charities across the country are facing imminent collapse as fundraising income dries up, charity leaders warned today.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has appointed two new trustees to its board.

Organisational culture and behaviours are having a negative impact on the sector and its beneficiaries by undermining sustainability as well as the trust between service-providing charities, the emerging findings of a new project suggest.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has begun the search for a new chair for its trustee board.

The Road Ahead 2020, which provides NCVO’s annual analysis of the pressures facing the charity sector in the next 12 months, says:

  • charities will need to continue navigating changes in the political landscape, as the country moves into the next phase of Brexit
  • pressure on charity funding, especially from local and national government, is set to continue
  • Extinction Rebellion and other decentralised movements provide one potential model for securing support and engagement from the next generation of volunteers.

Overall picture positive but research reveals areas for improvement to allow public sector volunteering programmes to fulfil their potential, says NCVO

People giving their time to public services, such as hospital and library volunteers, police specials, magistrates and school governors, are less satisfied with their experience than those giving their time to charities, new research has revealed. One in four (24%) say that their experience is ‘too much like paid work’.

NCVO has appointed Sarah Vibert as director of policy and volunteering, the charity umbrella body announced today. The role became vacant when the previous policy and volunteering director, Karl Wilding, was appointed chief executive.

  • NCVO’s Knowhow advice site is hub for range of new online resources
  • User testing ensures resources meet user needs, are accessible and easy to use
  • Developed as part of DCMS and National Lottery-funded Safeguarding Training Fund

Safeguarding should be a core value of every voluntary organisation and considered a personal responsibility of everyone working in them, NCVO today urged.

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