Impact of Covid 19 on the Voluntary Sector in Wales cover jan 21Following a focused piece of work looking at the voluntary sector in Autumn / early Winter 2020, the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee have today launched an in-depth report: “Impact of Covid 19 on the Voluntary Sector”.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Committee have focused their work on the impact of COVID-19. They have published a report looking at the impact of the pandemic on inequalities, as well as scrutinising the impact on local government and housing. At the start of the autumn term, they decided to do a focused piece of work looking at the impact on the voluntary sector.

A written consultation asking for views on the impact of the pandemic on the voluntary sector was issues, but specifically looking at:

  • Funding and service delivery;
  • The effectiveness of support from the UK and Welsh government and local authorities;
  • Volunteering and community resilience; and
  • Good practice and future opportunities and challenges

They received 27 written submissions (which can all be viewed on their website), held 7 oral evidence sessions with a range of key stakeholders including the third sector; funders; the NHS and Local Government. They concluded the oral evidence sessions by taking evidence from the Deputy Minister and Chief Whip.

Seven online focus groups with 42 people from across all five of the Senedd electoral regions were also help, providing an opportunity to hear directly from volunteers and front-line staff. SCVS Director Amanda Carr was one of those called to provide evidence.

The report includes a series of recommendation to Welsh Government to support the third sector both during the pandemic, and beyond.

To download the Report in English, click here

To download the report in Welsh, click here

Full information about the consultation and the written submissions can be found on the Welsh Parliament website by clicking here