Covid-19: The VCSE sector's key asks to aid recovery in the North East – a report

Following wide consultation with our members and stakeholders, our latest report highlights the current issues facing the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and consolidates our collective key asks of government, funders and commissioners as we work to alleviate the immediate and long-term impact of the crisis on our people and communities.

Discussions at our AGM+ in November 2020, and subsequent exchanges within our North East and Cumbria Funders’ Network and North East and North Cumbria (NENC) VCSE Partnership Forum revealed the community’s gratitude at the flexibility and proactive engagement many funders and commissioners offered in the early stages of the pandemic, and the range of response and recovery grants available.

But as the lasting economic and societal impacts of Covid-19 are felt, VCSEs across the region anticipate a significant increase in demand for support at a time when the resilience and capacity of staff and volunteers is significantly impacted. To ensure the sector is equipped to support the most vulnerable in our communities, the impact of Covid-19 on organisations’ finances and capacity to deliver services and strategically plan, must be considered.

Read the report in full.