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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Foundation Scotland launched the Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund on Friday 27th March 2020 with funding from the National Emergencies Trust (NET). The overall aim of the Fund was to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak. In order to quickly evaluate… hits Read more
Inclusion Scotland created a survey to gather evidence of what disabled people are experiencing during Covid-19, and received 822 responses. Key findings "Our survey quickly showed that the Covid-19 crisis is having a significant impact on the mental health of disabled people… hits Read more
Blog exploring a simple tool to help how we learn from and make sense of the crisis, and how we build bridges to a post-pandemic future. The RSA model suggests putting the measures that we’ve all taken in response to Covid-19 into four categories - stopping activity, pausing ac… hits Read more
Letter to Members of the Local Government and Communities Committee summarising the first phase of the Third Sector Resilience Fund: - Levels of applications and awards made - Details of awards by organisation type and size - Level of demand - future of fund Grant applic… hits Read more
Polling by Relate UK, which finds that the coronavirus lockdown is impacting negatively on many couples and families. Relate and Relationships Scotland warn of a "post-lockdown relationship reckoning”. Key findings -More than one in eight people surveyed who currently li… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Findings based on the analysis of an online YouGov survey that ran from 6-11 May 2020. The total sample size was 6,005 adults, aged 18-65. Key findings - Nearly one-third of lower-paid employees have lost jobs or been furloughed, compared to less… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Findings based on the analysis of an online YouGov survey that ran from 6-11 May 2020. The total sample size was 6,005 adults, aged 18-65. Key findings: - Younger and older workers have experienced the brunt of the hit to jobs and pay - 35%… hits Read more
Survey of young people from across Scotland on their concerns about COVID-19. The survey took places from 3rd – 17th April 2020. The survey received 2,421 completed responses. Key Findings Young people’s concerns regarding the impact of coronavirus (COVID19) 1. Over two… hits Read more
23 sector leaders share their experiences of the impact of Coronavirus on them and their organisations, sharing stories of stress, challenges, digital innovation and resilience. hits Read more
This briefing uses evidence on women’s labour market participation, and analysis of the anticipated economic impacts of the current crisis to outline the impact of COVID-19 on women’s labour market equality. It also underscores the importance of gathering and using gender-sensiti… hits Read more