Demand on small charities reaches highest level since pandemic began

Newly published research shows the last three months have seen demand on small charities reach record levels, despite the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 organisations by community investment and engagement platform Neighbourly, 62 per cent of small charities have experienced increased demand for their services since March 2021. The survey also revealed the average number of people small charities support each week has risen by 187 per cent since the start of the pandemic.

It is thought that the end of the government’s furlough scheme in September, as well as the planned cut to Universal Credit in the autumn, will drive demand for services even higher. This comes at a time when many small charities are struggling financially, with almost half of surveyed organisations reporting a drop in income over the last three months.

Steve Butterworth, CEO of Neighbourly, praised the work of small charities, but argues they are still undervalued. He calls for more support for these organisations in the future, especially as the lasting impact of Covid-19 begins to be felt.

Read the results of the survey in full on the Neighbourly website.