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6 reflections on collaboration during Covid-19

July 2020

Nancy Towers | SEUK & Sonakshi Anand | IVAR

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Last week, we hosted the fourth meeting in our series of peer support groups for leaders from healthcare, VCSE and local authorities. From this session, we share the challenges to and pressures of cross-sector partnership working in healthcare settings during the pandemic.

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Seeing with an applicant’s eye

July 2020

Ben Cairns

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15 weeks ago, we proposed five principles to guide funders in rising to the challenge of the unfolding Covid-19 crisis: be bold, be generous, be genuinely flexible, be available, be reassuring.   The challenge now is to nurture and grow these new behaviours into the future. So, it is alarming that some VCSE organisations report worrying signs of wobble and strain, even in the most open and agile of funders.

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Acting locally in the Covid-19 era

July 2020

Mike Aiken

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Mike Aiken explores the current landscape for local community action and if the Covid-19 pandemic has stimulated or stifled it.

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Six ways VCSE leaders are adapting to Covid-19

June 2020

Emily Dyson, Rebecca Moran

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Over the past 11 weeks, we’ve hosted peer support sessions for over 180 VCSE leaders across the UK. We’re publishing regular briefings about the challenges they are facing; we’ve also heard much about how these are being overcome. In celebration of Small Charity Week, we wanted to share six ways in which VCSE leaders are adapting.

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A place-based approach

June 2020

Cumbria Funders

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A group of Cumbria Funders supporting community-led emergency response work share their deliberations over what a sustained response to Covid-19 might look like.

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What it's like to be a young hospital volunteer during Covid-19

June 2020

Katy Heath | Young Volunteering Project Manager at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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Two young volunteers at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust give their perspectives on volunteering during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Thinking about merger in 2020

June 2020

Ben Cairns

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We have learned much over the last two decades about what makes a merger successful. How much can be applied in the current circumstances?

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This blog shares four perspectives of practitioners who have led merger processes. We asked Laurie Rackind, Joanna Holmes, Ben Hughes and Leah Swain to share their reflections for other leaders contemplating merger in the current context.

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