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: email@example.com.
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This third IVAR Coronavirus/ COVID19 briefing shares the experiences of 37 charities shared between 9 and 16 April 2020, and reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that they raise. Three weeks into the Covid-19 lockdown, VCSE leaders are feeling unsettled.… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 YouthLink Scotland survey "Youth work leaders in Scotland have issued a stark warning to national politicians and local councils as our survey report has revealed the sector faces an immediate funding loss of £20 million to the sector, with predictio… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 CAS's ScotPulse poll of more than 1,000 adults across Scotland found significant concerns about people’s ability to meet a range of financial commitments which are essential to everyday living in wake of the coronavirus. Results are based on a survey… hits Read more
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has been conducting research into giving behaviours across the UK for decades. In these unprecedented times that we find ourselves in due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have been monitoring public reactions to charitable giving a… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has been conducting research into giving behaviours across the UK for decades. In these unprecedented times that we find ourselves in due to the coronavirus crisis, we have been monitoring public reactions to charitable giv… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 In this paper CAF outline a number of immediate and medium term measures they believe could be taken to support charities at this difficult time. This is in addition to the sector calls for a charity specific fund. The CAF proposals focus on recomme… hits Read more
Coronavirus / Covid-19 Each week Inspiring Scotland staff produce a Covid-19 intelligence report providing an overview of the key issues being reported by the 300 charities Inspiring Scotland supports across its funds. The weekly reports look at: 1) impact on people and com… hits Read more
This briefing shares the experiences of the first 23 leaders participating in IVAR's support sessions for leaders of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. The briefing covers reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that they raise. Fu… hits Read more
Survey of volunteer-engaging organisations : 23 responses to the survey from a range of organisations, representing nearly 30,000 volunteers. hits Read more
The data in this report has been drawn from a variety of sources: our own experience, members' feedback from individual phone calls, data collated regarding emergency fund applications, the 2019 Census and survey information collected by others. Part one – Sector analysis a.… hits Read more