New BVSC report reveals detailed picture of the impact of the Covid crisis on Birmingham’s VCS — and the sector’s contribution

A new report just published by BVSC reveals a fascinating and detailed picture of the impact of the Covid crisis on Birmingham’s voluntary and community sector.

Birmingham Voluntary Service Council: State of the Sector 2020: Digest of Headlines brings together key findings from a survey redesigned from the ground up to furnish as much data as possible about VCOs in Birmingham as they entered lockdown and as lockdown was lifted.

We all know that the VCSE has been instrumental in the civil response to Covid. 89% of respondents report significantly changing their service delivery in order to meet new and emerging need arising from the pandemic – and doing this often with no additional funding. And while some organisations necessarily had to cut back or curtail some services, over 65% of VCOs actually expanded their services during the lockdown period in order to meet rising demand.

If you want to know more about what being part of the civil response to Covid has actually meant in practice for VCOs in Birmingham, including the likely longer-term trends in income, staffing capacity and volunteering, then you’ll find this report interesting.

(And in the interests of full disclosure, yes I did do some of the work involved.)

Go to the BVSC blog to read a full post from chief executive Brian Carr offering a commentary on key headlines — also, download the full report.


Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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