Covid-19: Support for voluntary sector leaders and their funders
Leaders of smaller voluntary organisations are experiencing stress and a prolonged period of uncertainty due to Covid-19. We are offering them online peer support sessions: ‘a space for solidarity and solace’.
As we build a picture of the challenges they face, we are also advising funders on how to respond, learn, and sustain progressive practice.
I feel better about myself now than I did … being able to sit back and realise what is possible and what we’ve achieved in this period.
Support for funders
We would like to thank the funders of our Covid-19 response work for their support:
- Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
- Paul Hamlyn Foundation
- The Tudor Trust
The certainty of uncertainty
This eleventh briefing shares the experiences of 44 leaders participating in online peer support sessions in September, and our reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that they raise.
VCSE organisations are clear about what they need from funders:
‘Be brave’, ‘be flexible’, ‘trust us’, ‘be clear and open’, ‘understand the pressure we are under and reflect this in how you work’, ‘become more of a partner and less of an auditor’.
Support for VCSE leaders
I found it really useful to hear what other organisations do and how they are handling the current crisis.
It’s good for mental wellbeing and to have the opportunity to talk and share with others in similar situations.
Covid-19 blog series
24 September 2020
A simple ambition for grant-making: unrestricted and light-touch
Research and insights
The following resources may be useful at this time. This list includes research from our back catalogue and recent publications on how VCSE leaders and funders are experiencing and responding to Covid-19.
Acting in uncertainty
Ben Cairns, Houda Davis, Liz Firth, Chris Mills
This briefing shares the experiences of the 20 staff participating in our Evaluation Roundtable Community of Practice sessions during June 2020 and our reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that they raise.
Covid-19: The story told by 72 emergency funding applications
A Foundation gave us access to 72 funding applications made to their Covid-19 response fund. The data provides rich insight into the challenges faced by VCSE organisations as they navigate into recovery and renewal.
Piecing a story together
Covid-19 is changing the funding world like nothing before it. This briefing shares how evaluation and learning staff are supporting their foundations through the immediate crisis and with questions about what all this means for the future.
Youth volunteering in hospitals
Learning and resources from 30 NHS Trusts and their respective charities, who have been welcoming young volunteers since early 2018. We also offer some initial reflections on how hospital volunteering – and youth volunteering in particular – has evolved in response to Covid-19.
view the learning & resources
25 June 2019
The gift of time: Practical tech tips and what we learnt from sharing them
Ellie Hale | CAST, Lynne Dyer | Growing Links
Growing Links share their experience of tech and reflections on what was learnt during the study.
09 November 2018
Reimagining hospital volunteers - getting started with under 18s
It’s one thing to decide that you want to work with young volunteers, but where do you start and how do you keep new recruits interested? We've collated tips from hospital volunteer coordinators.
Duty to Care?
This research aimed to generate and share learning about changes in grant need and grant-making in the context of the recession.
Turning a corner
We believe funders could make adaptations to grant-making practices to respond to the needs of small voluntary organisations.
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