Recently I’ve been completing a report on the sector’s response to COVID-19 and recovery planning. It has been inspiring to see the way that groups have been innovative in the ways they have adapted their services and are also carrying out other activities to ensure that the needs of their beneficiaries and communities are met. We need to inform decision makers not only about the important work we are doing during this time but also its value and raise the profile of the sector. We are therefore keen to support the sector’s campaign #NeverMoreNeeded.
The government cannot afford to overlook or undervalue the voluntary and community sector at the moment. Its unique role and services are invaluable right now and will be essential when the country begins to heal and re-build as we recover from the initial coronavirus outbreak. Groups have been putting everything in to help communities at a time when they have had little chance to fundraise and loss of income from trading and providing services means for some it is putting their own survival on the line. To support the campaign visit the website to see what actions you can take.
On the same theme, our most recent online network meeting held this month heard how two organisations Bridge and Headway Arts had adapted their services during COVID-19 and the challenges they had faced. It was great to have such a good turnout. We also heard from Headway Arts how they carried out their AGM online which was most informative. Notes of the meeting and report are available on this website.
Whilst we are well aware we are not out of the woods yet, in terms of recovery planning, it would be helpful to hear if there is support that NCVA or the VCS Assembly can provide your organisation. There may also be emerging issues that we have not identified so please do keep us informed, we are here to support you!
Assembly Development Officer