Norfolk VCSE Sector Update: May & June

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Norfolk VCSE Sector Update

The disproportionate impact of the cost-of-living crisis on rural households has been highlighted in a briefing by ACRE (Action in Communities in Rural England). The briefing claims that deprivation in the countryside is often overlooked by policy makers who fail to recognise the profoundly limiting circumstances in which many rural low-income households find themselves.  This is support by DEFRA who published an update to the Communities and Households section of its Rural Digest. It includes significant revisions to parts covering fuel and income poverty in rural areas.  You can find the key findings here.

In May there were also a number of publications around volunteering and how this has changed over recent years. An example was NCVO’s ‘Time Well Spent 2023’, which suggested that there has been a decline in volunteering since the pandemic.  There is also the resource  – “How to Diversify Your Charity’s Board: a practical guide”. This is by Getting On Board on organising and executing a successful recruitment and induction strategy.  Locally, Voluntary Norfolk (Part of the Empowering Communities Partnership) has been gathering the local picture on volunteering. It has shared the interim results through a Discussion Paper as part of their work to develop of Vision for Volunteering for the county.

This Month’s Top Picks about what’s happening in the VCSE Sector

  • The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has published a new report on the impact of the Cost of Living Crisis on Charities. You can read it here: CAF Charity Resilience Index . Amongst its recommendations is a call for donors to consider resilience funding for charities. This includes covering core costs and multi-year funding, to give charities the time and space to strengthen their organisation. To help manage the crisis CAF has developed a resource hub for charities. This provided advice on financial planning, fundraising, staffing and more.
  • VCSE’s are increasingly able to access and compare a wide range of data sources. This will hopefully support with funding bids and making the case. The development of New Philanthropy Capital’s Local needs databank is a good example. Similar to this is the ability to access the Office for National Statistics 2021 census and ‘Build a custom area profile’ to reflect your geographic area.
  • “‘Snowballs and Eels’” is a recently published rapid review of national funding for cross-sector partnership building in health and care. The report reflects one of the key findings – that the funding landscape is complex, fragmented and opaque, and geographic differences which have emerged have led to a snowball effect of funding in some Integrated Care Systems, where others are still struggling to secure funding amongst a “morass of eels”.
  • The VCSE Quarterly Barometer is the go-to ‘temperature check’ for the sector. It enables us to get a picture of VCSE resilience across several key issues. You can view the results here and see how your organisation compares.
  • Transport East have published their interactive Rural Transport Mobility Dashboard, along with a good practice resource for rural mobility.
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