If you do one thing today… please don’t duck out of this
Many small VCS organisations are on a knife edge. They are facing an unprecedented demand on services, along with a loss of staff and volunteers as more people self-isolate, due to showing symptoms or being in higher risk groups. Trading efforts have been hit. There has also been – and will continue to be – a devastating loss of income due to cancellation of fundraising events and regular small donors being more cautious about what they do with their money.
Without urgent help, many of these charities and voluntary organisations are facing imminent collapse. Alongside fighting for their cause, they are also fighting for survival. And without these grassroots organisations, the people who are most in need in our communities will be even harder hit.
If you feel able, there are two things you can do to help. (I know. I said one thing. Sorry.)
- Add your organisation’s name to the letter to the Prime Minister organised by the Small Charities Coalition.
- Share the link to the details of the campaign with your networks and ask them to support this campaign too.
‘News is people’
The campaign also needs stories and case studies to demonstrate the extent and impact of the situation.
When the travel agent chain Thomas Cook collapsed, the news channels featured stories of customers losing out on their dream wedding trips, families where both parents worked for the business and were now unemployed, and touching stories of kindly benefactors stepping in to help those affected. Campaigns need real-life stories.
The work of small VCS organisations doesn’t always have the glamour of international travel but the stories of real people are what counts. If you can help, or you know of a local story, please contact the Small Charities Coalition.