We are delighted this week to announce the launch of our report on the state of the VCSE sector here in Suffolk.
Our research captures our sector in Suffolk in the final few months of calm before the storm, offering insight into its strengths, weaknesses, challenges and risks. It paints a picture of a broad and complex sector, wrestling with its relationship with government, funding challenges, technological change and its own diversity and representativeness.
We hope that by understanding the trajectory the sector has been on over the past few years, funders, philanthropists and policymakers will be more able to understand what happens during the Covid-19 crisis and help VCSE organisations in Suffolk adapt to the new challenges they face, so they can keep serving the people who need them more than ever.
Early indications are that Covid-19 has fostered significant positive changes among our communities and charities. We have seen increased local community responses along with charities demonstrating how they can support their communities, and continue to do so, as we move into the ‘new normal’. The adaptation and flexibility being demonstrated by charities will be required to meet the demands and needs of society which are likely to continue to grow with widening health inequalities. Our task going forward is to see how we can support these responses to keep people well.
Download the full report by clicking on the link below.