During 2020/21, the impact of coronavirus on the voluntary sector in Scotland will be a key focus for our research and policy work.
We will use this page to collate our latest blogs, briefings, and position papers, and to update on opportunities for you to help shape our work in this area.
Over the last few months we have ensured the sector’s voice is heard in national conversations including the Framework for Decision Making, the Social Renewal Advisory Board, the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, several Scottish Parliament Committee enquiries and in the House of Lords. We gathered evidence to inform our work directly from the sector through online events, from #NeverMoreNeeded and from SCVO’s Policy Forum Manifesto for the Future.
One of the key points we have raised in these forums is that while emergency support is much needed and very welcome, we must also recognise that the operating environment for voluntary organisations before the pandemic was far from perfect. This was recognised in the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery and accepted by the Scottish Government, and we are now beginning to discuss with Scottish Government and COSLA how we can engage the sector in a conversation about increasing collaboration with national and local government to achieve better outcomes for the sector and the people we work with/causes we champion.
Alongside our collaborative work with a range of funders on their emergency responses to Covid, we have also been involved in shorter term lobbying on Gift Aid, and were successful in widening access to business support grants to the sector in the early days of the pandemic.
We have collated and summarised the research available on the impact of Coronavirus on the voluntary sector in Scotland, and our statistics have been used in parliamentary debates and on conference platforms.
The Evidence Library is a resource for anyone interested in the voluntary sector in Scotland. Managed by SCVO, the library signposts to research and evidence produced by, or on, the voluntary sector. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the scale of digital exclusion in the UK has been exposed and exacerbated beyond previous understanding. While new initiatives have been rapidly and successfully delivered, substantially accelerating progress, there is still much more to be done to… hits Read more
Glasgow TSI Network have been carrying out research into the third sector’s response to lockdown in Glasgow. Back in March when the country was placed under lockdown the third sector were quick to act in providing essential services to their communities. The response was incredib… hits Read more
Research published by the ALLIANCE and partners Self Directed Support Scotland (SDSS) found that the majority of participants accessing SDS in Scotland believe that it had improved their social care experience. “My Support, My Choice” (MSMC), a project funded by the Scottish… hits Read more
The youth work sector has continued to engage and support children and young people throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This has included providing crisis support for the most vulnerable families and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people’s mental health,… hits Read more
The data from the Ipsos-Mori survey of adults aged 16+ commissioned by Volunteer Scotland in June 2020 have been been analysed further to reveal that: Although formal volunteering participation during lockdown was low (13% of adults), analysis of SIMD Quintiles shows that the… hits Read more
This survey includes responses from 100 small UK charities/nonprofits, working overseas. This latest survey builds on the June iteration, but goes deeper into the financial impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on these charities. Key Findings: 85% of organisat… hits Read more
Includem has released a report on poverty and the impact coronavirus is having on young people and families they support. Includem asked families what their experiences of meeting day-to-day costs has been like over the past 12 months and what impact COVID-19 has had on them.… hits Read more
Inclusion Scotland carried out an online survey throughout April 2020 to find out what impact the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic was having on disabled people. Over 800 disabled people and their carers responded. The findings stark. From losing vital social care support and b… hits Read more
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is impacting all levels of society as new data shows how different people are receiving help from Citizens Advice Bureaux for the first time. The latest monthly data report published by the charity shows t… hits Read more
This report looks at what has happened to poverty in Scotland before and during the coronavirus outbreak. JRF benefitted from the insights of an advisory group made up of people with lived experience of poverty. Both JRF's analysis and their insight underline the importance of wo… hits Read more