VCSE - State of The Sector Report - December 2020

During the pandemic, Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations have continued to deliver essential services, in many cases, to maintain the health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of local communities.

VCSE organisations have taken a leading role in ensuring the provision of support for vulnerable people throughout the pandemic, through activities such as food and shopping deliveries; collecting and delivering prescriptions and medication; and providing befriending and 'checking in' support. Much of this support has been delivered, where possible, alongside the adapted delivery of the usual activities of such organisations.

However, it is clear that many organisations have had to suspend or cease some core services, in order to focus on the immediate responses required as a result of the pandemic.

This report brings together collated findings from a range of national and local research, surveys, reports and engagement activities, insights and observations in relation to how the pandemic has affected the sector in Leicestershire and beyond.

The financial impact of the pandemic upon VCSE organisations has also been considerable, and this report provides some detail around the extent of this issue, and what could be done, to help ensure the financial health and sustainability of VCSE sector organisations in future.

The full report, along with an Executive Summary of the report are available to view or download below.