WCVA gives evidence on ‘worrying’ impact of Covid-19 on the sector

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), was among third sector stakeholders who have given evidence to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee on the impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary sector in Wales.

Chaired by John Griffiths MS, the panel included Ruth Marks, WCVA Chief Executive; Fiona Liddell of Helpforce Cymru and Noreen Blanluet of the Co-production Network for Wales.

Asked about the overall impact of Covid-19 on the sector, Ruth Marks noted the increased hardship of sector organisations, with significant losses financially. This, coupled with added uncertainty and the increased demand for services, has led to a decline in wellbeing of sector staff.

Fiona Liddell noted the sector is trying to prepare for further austerity and requested that consideration is given to allowing organisations to carry funding across financial years.  Noreen noted the need for a balance between top-down decision-making and community-led recovery from the pandemic. Fiona said that the volunteering infrastructure was being overwhelmed and unable to channel resources as quickly as it would like, while within primary care services, NHS protocols were not designed for quick administration of volunteers.

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