The value of small in a big crisis

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 - 10:00 to 11:30

Join the Lloyds Bank Foundation and the Minister for Civil Society and DCMS, Baroness Diana Barran MBE, to hear how small and local charities have been responding to the pandemic as they share and discuss new research: The value of small in a big crisis: the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of smaller charities in England and Wales during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the event, you will hear from the Value of Small research team from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Baroness Diana Barran MBE, and representatives from small charities and local government who participated in the research.

This new research shows that:

  • Small and local charities’ distinctiveness makes them best placed to respond to this crisis, they ‘showed up and stuck around’ using their position of trust within communities experiencing complex social issues to support people when they were needed the most.
  • These charities have created social, economic and added value for their communities and demonstrated greater absorptive and adaptive capacity through their resilience.
  • A thriving and resilient population of small and local charities with the absorptive and adaptive capacity to respond to different types and scale of shock should be an explicit goal of public policy at a national and local level.

The report will be launched and shared with anyone that has registered ahead of the event.

There will also be a chance to join the conversation around recommendations as to what the sector, government and society should do to support these charities and those they serve through 2021 and beyond.

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