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.
Email the title, author, date published, web link or attachment, and a short description to email@example.com.
This report is the result of analysis of a series of interviews with third sector organisations (TSOs) across the South of Scotland throughout May and June 2020, and a wider perspective gleaned through discussions with the sector and partners throughout the same period. The third… hits Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the labour market. Substantial reduction in economic activity and the consequent drop in demand for labour, alongside social distancing rules, have pushed employers to adapt their working practices. This report focuses on how… hits Read more
Research undertaken throughout the COVID-19 pandemic allows us to understand the immediate response of the voluntary sector, the impact on organisations and citizens, and what support will be needed post-pandemic. This summary report is the first version of what EVOC plan will be… hits Read more
This report is a follow up to SURF’s well-received first COVID 19 report – Lessons from the Frontline. That original report was based on analysis of more than 150 responses from SURF’s extensive network of organisations delivering frontline services, and cross sector agencies… hits Read more
This paper presents a summary of the existing literature on the impact coronavirus is having on voluntary sector organisations in Scotland. It includes research published primarily by Scottish voluntary organisations and infrastructure bodies between June and early August 2020. I… hits Read more
The purpose of this research is to pull out some of the key lessons from the lockdown period, both to ensure that any second lockdown or similar emergency will see an even more effective third sector response and also to set the terms for the ongoing discussions about the role of… hits Read more
This report has been prepared by Social Enterprise Scotland to provide an update to aid and inform the Scottish Government in considering next steps regarding recovery from Covid-19. It builds on research undertaken by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) at the end of May 20… hits Read more
This report is based on learning gathered by the Life Changes Trust during the lockdown caused by COVID-19. It covers both the young people with care experience programme and the dementia programme. The report includes some of the challenges arising from covid-19 and the oppor… hits Read more
As a group of third sector professionals which normally work with communities with barriers to opportunities and participation, the group have observed that the Covid19 lockdown response has compounded these barriers. This has resulted in greater inequality in our society. The gr… hits Read more
This report from the Health Foundation looks at the link between health and income. It explores the nature of the economic shocks experienced in recent years, including those stemming from COVID-19, and the consequences these might have on people’s health. It then considers how w… hits Read more