The results of the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) Resilience Survey reveals that many charities and voluntary groups in North Yorkshire are uncertain about their future, yet community spirit continues to shine through.
Charities and voluntary gruops across North Yorkshire were invited to take part in the survey in April to help measure the impact that the coronavirus is having on the sector.
41% may struggle to sustain operations beyond 6 months
85% have closed or put on hold part of their service
78% have continued to operate; 63% of those have modified their services
44% are finding digital exclusion an issue, across all age groups
70% say that at least one income stream has been affected
60% can find a positive in the current situation
50% have found funders to be flexible and supportive as activities have needed to be adapted
The critical message from the survey is that those organisations who have not sought support seem to be more likely to struggle in the future.