In August, NICVA surveyed their membership of over 1000 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland.
The survey aimed to find out how the Covid-19 crisis is impacting on them and the services and activities they provide for thousands of people.
Below is a selection of the top 10 results from the survey.
- 73% of organisations indicated that services/activities had been stopped due to the Covid- 19 crisis
- 8% of organisations indicated that they had lost funding/income
- Over a quarter (25.3%) said they were delivering only a quarter or less of their normal services or activities, and over a third (35.5%) said the loss of their services was affecting over 100 service users a week
- Over two fifths (42.3%) said up to a quarter of their services were new services developed in response to the Covid-19
- Over a fifth (21.6%) said between a quarter and half of their services were new, Covid-19 related services, such as prescription runs, food deliveries and mental health support
- More than one in six organisations (18.3%) have lost 75% or more of their normal income while more than quarter (26%) have lost between a quarter and half of their income
- Over half (50.4%) said that between 76-100% of their volunteers had been unable to volunteer because of Covid-19
- The top 3 most pressing issues facing organisation were “sustaining our organisation and activities”, “finance/cash flow” and “changing our services to meet emerging needs”
- Nearly a third (31%) of organisations said they expected their income to fall by between 51-75% in the next 6 months, while 4.3% said that their organization may not survive
- Over 60% said they expected their capacity to deliver services to reduce, with over a quarter saying they expected a reduction in capacity of between 25-75%