Third Sector Resilience in West Yorkshire & Harrogate: before and during Covid-19 produced by Voluntary Action Leeds
More than 300 Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations delivering services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate (WY&H) completed this survey in April and May 2020. These organisations represent the diversity and breadth of the Third Sector and the intrinsic contribution they make to the health and well-being of the population and reducing health inequalities. With the grass roots connections and trust to reach the most vulnerable in our society, this survey reflects how communities have turned to the VCS during this time and the part the sector has played in our response in WY&H.
The findings from the survey captured in this report reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. Despite significant financial pressures and loss of income, organisations have responded quickly and flexibly, with 83% of survey respondents adapting how they deliver services to meet existing and emerging needs – especially for the most vulnerable and isolated in our society including BAME and those experiencing poor mental health.
Aims and background to this report
Some 55% of the data for this report is from a survey carried out by Third Sector Leeds (TSL), and led by a partnership of Forum Central, Leeds Community Foundation, Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humberside, Third Sector Leeds and Voluntary Action Leeds. The survey was then adapted by other areas to help complete the West Yorkshire and Harrogate picture. Additional data came from a similar survey undertaken in Bradford and Calderdale.
An on-line questionnaire was completed by third sector organisations between 8 April and 8 May 2020.
The survey sought to capture the impact of COVID-19 on the third sector looking at:
- Sector viability in the light of changing income and expenditure
- Pressures on communities and changes in volunteering
- The third sector’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances and positive experiences.
This report has been part funded through Harnessing Power of Communities and it looks at the data covering West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, with 303 organisations contributing information.