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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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
Edinburgh Poverty Commission was launched in November 2018 and over 15 months met 6 times in full session. During that period, we have held 100 evidence sessions and project visits, met and heard from over 70 local organisations, commissioned significant new research into the e… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Situation overview "more than half of the museums who took part in a study would run out of funds within the next six months." Independent museums, which make up more than half of the sector population, are those who are in most need of immediate s… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Connect's survey captures the experiences, concerns and fears of over 1500 parents and carers in Scotland during the first weeks of the coronavirus lockdown. Key findings • 59% of parents identified at least one concern or worry about the current s… hits Read more
Website bringing together some of the great examples of the inspiring activity being carried out by community groups across Scotland supporting people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to share ideas, enable connecting up and to highlight the strength and value… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Views of out of school service leaders captured in response to blog asking for their views on the future. SOSCN have collated all the information they sent in a rapid review to share with members and the Scottish Government. Irene's blog 'Reflections… hits Read more
Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Food Train and their University of Glasgow partners have written up a review of how they have been responding to older people's food needs during Covid19, and their views on where food policy must be improved. Challenges – Moving from crisis to contr… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Latest report from the Bank of England includes economic outlook predictions and likely scenarios in wake of COVID-19. An illustrative scenario for the economic outlook (p12) Key predictions include - GDP likely to drop by 14% in 2020, but are predict… hits Read more
Coronavirus / COVID-19 Analysis of support calls with leaders, key themes, emerging issues etc. The data is collected and updated weekly, with the focus of the most recent weeks noticeably shifting from immediate issues - staff management, furloughing, digital challenges etc -… hits Read more
Digital survey which was already underway, but added Coronavirus /COVIS-19 related questions. 41 responses were submitted since recently adding the Coronavirus questions but they hope to reach more. Interim findings at April 30 From the 41 charities completing the survey so… hits Read more