BVSC‘s chief executive Brian Carr has just announced that the organisation is launching a major new survey to help gauge the impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors in Birmingham.
His statement, issued today, reads:
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen exceptional upheaval and loss across the world, changing the way that people live, work and socialise.
We know that in Birmingham and across the UK the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sectors have been key partners in leading the local, regional and national response to the pandemic, responding to the existing and emerging needs of our most vulnerable citizens.
We want to capture the fullest possible picture of how the sector in Birmingham responded to the crisis, as well as understanding more about the short and long-term implications for the sector in a post-Covid recovery landscape. Our latest State of the Sector survey has been completely redesigned with these aims in mind and we now urgently need your input.
The survey will evidence what is happening across Birmingham’s VCFSE sector and enable us to share this crucial information at a strategic city-wide level. Specifically, it will be possible to provide detailed findings regarding:
- The way in which services responded and adapted to meet the needs of service users during the crisis.
- The immediate impact of Covid-19 on the VCFSE sector in terms of income, staffing levels and volunteers.
- The current capacity of the sector in the wake of Covid-19.
- The anticipated longer-term impacts of Covid-19 on sector capacity, service delivery and sustainability.
- The anticipated support needs of the sector as we move into recovery and beyond.
The information gathered will be fed back to all participants and to policy-makers at city, regional and national level, and will be used to frame BVSC’s sector support offer in the months ahead.