New survey shows 81% of charities changed how they use digital technology during the pandemic

The latest research from the Covid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer reveals big changes in how charities and voluntary sector organisations are using digital technology to work and deliver services due to the pandemic. 81% of organisations surveyed said they have changed the way they use digital technology as a result of the pandemic. Some improvements in service accessibility The latest data (July 2021) from ninth monthly Covid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer, led by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University, shows that changes in how technology is being used…

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NCVO and ACEVO join forces to support charities on flexible working

A new working group to look at the issue of flexible working in the charity sector is being launched by membership bodies NCVO and ACEVO with support from Starfish Search, an executive search firm. The issue of flexible working has become all the more crucial due to the rise in home working during the pandemic. A recent survey of charity professionals found that 90% wanted flexible working to continue long-term, and 43% said that they would never apply for a job that was entirely office-based. Yet, the research also raised…

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12 community organisations launch platform to unleash new wave of community activism

Leading community sector infrastructure organisations in the UK have come together to create an online network to inspire and enable local people to act for themselves on the issues they care about in their community. My Community is the brainchild of 12 leading organisations including Power to Change, Locality, Acre, Groundwork, Local Trust, Plunkett Foundation, Co-operatives UK, MHCLG, NAVCA, New Economics Foundation, NCVO and Semble. Launching this week, it provides a go-to space of trusted resources to help people find the information they need about the support options available, while…

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‘Every day counts’ as charities still wait for government support

Charities across the country are facing imminent collapse as fundraising income dries up, charity leaders warned today. Charities have been in conversation with the government about a package of support for the charity sector, but warned today that without an urgent injection of money many charities of all sizes would start to close their doors as soon as next week. With charity shops closed and fundraising events and activity cancelled, reserves depleted and demand for services increasing, charities are having to make immediate decisions about their financial viability.  Charity sector…

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New research shows charity staff highly skilled but questions raised over diversity

Charities are employing highly qualified staff but this may be at the cost of excluding people who face greater barriers to education and experience, new NCVO research suggests. Over half the voluntary sector workforce (51%) is educated to degree level, researchers found, while over 70% of voluntary organisations put ‘critical’ or ‘significant’ value on applicants having relevant work experience. As many as 43% of voluntary sector employers say their staff have skills and qualifications that are more advanced than required for their current role, higher than in the public sector…

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