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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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How can we - as funders - help communities to deal with the pandemic?

May 2020

Jake Grout-Smith and Clare Kiely | Comic Relief

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In the midst of a pandemic, what are we learning as a group of funders (Comic Relief’s UK Intermediary Funders initiative) that we can hold onto as we move into recovery and renewal? Through this blog, we wanted to share some of the questions we’ve been discussing amongst our five funding organisations.

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Funders’ short-term focus on Covid-19 is creating a problem

May 2020

Matt Bell | Plymouth Octopus Project (POP+)

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We've just run a survey of how charities, social enterprises and grassroots groups have been affected by Covid-19. We're anticipating a future problem caused by the complexity in the funding landscape and the short-term focus on Covid-19.

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Covid-19: The diary of a small funder

May 2020

Carla Marshall, Trust Manager | Sir George Martin Trust, North Yorkshire

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VCSE organisations are wondering - are funders thinking about the future? This blog gives a snapshot of a small funder's experiences during the first weeks of the UK Covid-19 crisis.

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