The newly published results of the North East VCSE sector Covid-19 impact survey, carried out by VONNE in partnership with Local Infrastructure Organisations (LIOs) and members of the NE and Cumbria Funder's Network, highlight a number of worrying statistics and confirm the severe limitations upon the sector in our region at the current time.
That said, the report also highlights how well organisations in our region have adopted collaborative working practices and digital service delivery in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We would like to thank the 461 organisations that took the time to respond to this survey, giving us a representative picture of the situation in our region as a result of Covid-19. We also want to thank our colleagues in LIOs, local authorities, funders, social investors and others who promoted the survey and encouraged organisations to respond. Thanks also to Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and to County Durham Community Foundation, both of which provided us with funding which has enabled this work; our thanks also to Millfield House Foundation, which provides core funding towards our work. Finally, thanks to Prof. Tony Chapman of Durham University for sharing the data from the 2020 Third Sector Trends study to help us extrapolate our findings to provide a regional picture.
These findings are being shared with stakeholders including local authorities, LEPs, private sector organisations and the health system, to make the case for additional support and resources for the sector, and with national infrastructure partners including NCVO, ACEVO, NAVCA and the Charity Finance Group, to help us influence government decisions affecting the sector.
Download the report at vonne.org.uk/resources/ne-vcse-sector-covid-19-impact-survey-report-may-2020.