London Advice Services Alliance, a charity which provides
ICT and advice services for the third sector, reveals the
results of its latest research looking at current challenges
and possible solutions for the third sector.
The research revealed that two-thirds (63%) of third sector
workers think that sharing is key to collaborative working
within the sector, with sharing of ideas and expertise (20%)
being the most important.
Although collaboration is regarded as important to the
sector, there are a number of obstacles which hinder charity
organisations from taking things forward.
Nearly three in ten (29%) think that lack of leadership
is the key obstacle faced by the sector, whilst more than
a quarter (26%) consider lack of communication among organisations
to be the main hurdle.
The results also highlighted that more than half (54%)
of charity workers currently depend on the support services
of second and third tier organisations on a weekly basis,
and only three per cent of the respondents had never benefited
from such assistance.
Andy Gregg, Chief Executive of Lasa, commented: “In
conjunction with our 25th anniversary, we would like to
take this opportunity to encourage third sector organisations
to cooperate more. We also need to recognise the significance
and availability of support from our own sector.
"At challenging times such as this, we will need to
have serious discussions about how to tackle the problem
of lack of resources, and only by working together closely
will we be able to survive and thrive throughout the current
The research was based on 175 respondents from charity
organisations and aimed at finding out the best ways to
help improve third sector services and for them to survive
the economic recession.
The topic of surviving through economic recession and collaborative
working among third sector organisations will be discussed
further at a Lasa hosted event entitled ‘Mind the
Gap: How can the Third Sector Survive through Tough Times?’
on November 4 in London.