It is clear from the way that the voluntary sector is being impacted that in a great many settings the charities and not for profit agencies are under intense pressure. In other settings there is very significant evidence that people are continuing to respond with donations. The challenge is that the thin level of consistency is getting lost as people are under pressure to respond to Covid-19. The decision to close Schools apart for the parents and carers who are key workers, now demands that the key worker is defined. Clearly the Police, Fire and Rescue, NHS match this criteria, what about Teachers who are being expected to remain at work? what about people who run charities that are under intense pressure?
Along with the issue of their families is the issue of funding. It is clear that funding charities and comparable organisations costs far less than funding certain sorts of businesses and the public sector. If some of the funding the Government has announced it will supply to businesses could be distributed to charities this could have a significant impact. Along with the funding that could make a huge difference is the need for the Government to remember that the voluntary sector is able to meet needs that the state is often very inadequate at. Given that groups are emerging to care for vulnerable people in their communities, this should be applauded by the state agencies. By the same token the funding for the youth services now needs to be applied as many young people who would usually stay at School will not stay at home for long and then there is a real risk of many challenges! The same need for extra support applies to the vulnerable older age groups such as Age UK. Their work is vital right now.