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Covid-19: Support for voluntary sector leaders and their funders

The outbreak of the coronavirus in the UK presents a shock that is without precedent for almost all of us.

 

Leaders of smaller voluntary organisations are experiencing stress and a prolonged period of uncertainty. We are offering them online peer support sessions. 

 


As we build a picture of the challenges they face, we are also advising funders on how to respond. This page will be updated with the latest information about our efforts, and links to past research that may be useful.

Support for VCSE leaders

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I found it really useful to hear what other organisations do and how they are handling the current crisis. 

Briefings for funders

Covid-19 blog series

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26 May 2020

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

Jake Grout-Smith and Clare Kiely | Comic Relief




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13 May 2020

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

Matt Bell | Plymouth Octopus Project (POP+)




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Research and insights

The following resources from our back catalogue of research may be useful at this time. Soon, we will be adding advice and reassurance shared by voluntary sector leaders through the peer support sessions we have been running in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

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Briefing papers:

Piecing a story together

Ben Cairns, Houda Davis, Liz Firth


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.

Delayed Transfers of Care (DToC) & the Voluntary and Community Sector in Greater Nottingham

Research reports:

Delayed Transfers of Care & the Voluntary and Community Sector in Greater Nottingham


What does it take to reduce patients' stay in hospital when other options would be better?

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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.



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09 November 2018

Reimagining hospital volunteers - getting started with under 18s

Annie Caffyn


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.



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Research reports:

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.

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Publications:

Duty of Care


This research aimed to generate and share learning about changes in grant need and grant-making in the context of the recession.

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Publications:

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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Publications:

Getting started with collaboration: A framework for joint action


This framework is for individuals and organisations who are setting out on new collaborative ventures.

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