Eight in ten charities able to cope with future Covid-19 lockdowns

Charities resilience to Covid-19 lockdowns is improving, according to latest research.

Eight out of ten charities say their organisation has been better prepared for the most recent lockdowns during the pandemic than when restrictions were first imposed in March 2020.

The findings have been revealed in latest data from a joint project to assess the pandemic’s impact on the charity sector. This involves the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and academics at Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent universities.

“Whilst the first lockdown for many came as a shock and required dramatic transformation in working practices for virtually all organisations, most organisations now feel better prepared. 80% of organisations surveyed say they are better prepared for the more recent lockdowns.”

The survey also found that charities expect demand for their services to increase, although the proportion is marginally down on the survey’s autumn 2020 results.

Half (50%) expect an increase in demand for their services over the next month, compared to (56%) when surveyed in September and October last year.

This latest survey was carried out between 30 November and 14 December 2020.

Researchers say they are keen to see a greater spread of responses from charities across all four UK nations.

“In this wave, we saw an improvement in the level of response from the nations, but we remain keen to extend coverage of the survey in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as this will allow us to better understand any geographic differences in the impacts of the pandemic” on UK charities, adds the report.

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