The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has today released a short film showcasing the difference that charities, community groups and social enterprises are making to people and communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The film – created by Media Co-op – is part of the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign, a national effort to help remind everyone how essential the voluntary sector is now and in the future, featuring volunteers, staff and service users from Penumbra, Scouts Scotland, Cornerstone, Home Start, Food Train and Maryhill Integration Network‘s Joyous Choir.

Over the past 12 months SCVO has collated the experiences of staff and volunteers in the voluntary sector, encouraging organisations to share their experiences of delivering services during the pandemic and sharing how coronavirus has impacted their work. It has also created web resources to help charities share their impact and show businesses and the public how they can support organisations during this time.

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of SCVO, said: “As we come out of lockdown, we are asking people to remember that Scotland’s charities, community and voluntary sector organisations have kept people safe in their homes during the most challenging year many of us have ever known. They’ve made sure people have food, medicine, digital devices, activities, company and counselling, and their work has been never more needed.

“SCVO is saying thank you to the thousands of people and organisations that contributed to this huge effort. Charities have lost millions through cancelled fundraising events and other activities, so we’re calling on everyone to give as much time, money and goods as they can to the organisations that have helped them over the last year and those who will be there as we emerge into recovery.”

Watch the film here:

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