Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19

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Wave 9 of the barometer survey closed on 27.07.2021. The next round is due to open in two weeks time with a link available from this page.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the organisations who have taken part in the research so far; and look forward to your responses and contributions again over the whole series of rounds to come, as well as welcoming those of you who are just joining us on this important long term project. The winners of the prize draw will be notified in due course.

Whilst you’re here, you can view the most recent insights from the study in our ‘Respond, recover, reset: the voluntary sector and COVID-19 – July 2021’ report. Have a read and get in touch to let us know your thoughts.

Also, don’t forget to check out the Barometer Dashboard; which grants a real-time overview of the health of the Sector, and where organisations stand

The dashboard can be filtered to show results for various profiles (such as size, main area of service focus, and region)

Click this link and head over to take a look at how the sector is faring.  For any questions or further details, please don’t hesitate to contact us

About the survey: Each round is expected to open and close around the same time each month. For further information regarding data, and ethical standards please see our dedicated information and consent page. Should you experience any issues at any time (such as accessing the links), or for any further information, questions or an informal discussion, please do get in touch with the project team at or the project lead Daniel King (

Thank you for taking an interest in this research.


Project Overview: This project examines COVID-19 impact on voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. In particular, it focuses on providing real-time data about how the pandemic is impacting voluntary organisations working-practices and operations, their responses, learning and resilience.  According to a recent government report (DCMS 06/05/2020) the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector is “fighting for survival”, with increased demand for its serviceswhilst simultaneously facing funding cuts estimated at £4.3bn (during March-May 2020), resulting in many VCSEs organisations estimated to be insolvent ‘within weeks’. As the report states:

 “Social distancing is making delivering services harder and more costly. Reserves are running out. Smaller charities, in particular, are at risk of imminent closure”.

 The main ideas which have underpinned the beginning of this project, emerged through dialogue with key partners in the sector, and was co-designed with NCVO, the sectorleading infrastructure organisation. This was done with 3 purposes in mind:

  • To provide real-time data and learning on how COVID-19 is impacting the whole sector and, significantly, how this varies across different organisations by size, structure and services offered.
  • To present lessons-learned reports regarding the impacts and responses to COVID-19 from organisations; particularly focusing on the new working-practices and innovations which can be scaled across the UK.
  • To put forward insights which it is envisioned will assist the long-term resilience of the entire VCSE sector.

 The project team brings together a unique alignment of researchers from across institutions and organisations specialising in the VCSE sector, HR and innovation; with the NCVO providing invaluable sector knowledge and expertise, guidance and access, through their research and policy team and 15,000 members. 

Expected outputs from this project include a VCSE vulnerability barometer, providing real-time data of the impact COVID-19 on the sector, lessons-learned reports, enabling innovations to be scaled, a final project report and toolkit for resilience. 


Project Team

Project lead:

Professor Daniel King

Core Team Members:

NCVO:  –  Véronique Jochum, Lisa Hornung, Keeva Rooney and Oliver Chan

Professor Helen Shipton

Will Rossiter

Professor Tracey Coule

Research Team:

Jo Stuart

Sarah Smith

Nene Ibokessien

Ghazal Vahidi

Hoa Do

Noor Ali

Adam Kitt

Cat Spellman

Takudzwa Masiiwa

David Dahill


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