‘The Value of Small in a Big Crisis’ report released by Lloyds Bank Foundation, explores the distinctive contribution, value and experiences of smaller charities in England and Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It shows that small and local charities’ distinctiveness in who they support, how they carry out their work, and the role they play in their communities makes them best placed to respond to this crisis.
Key findings include:
Small and local charities – those with an income under £1 million – were at the heart of the community response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. They demonstrated tremendous energy, flexibility and professionalism to understand the implications of the crisis and continuously adapt their provision in response to the ever changing needs and circumstances of their local communities.
During the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic smaller charities worked flexibly to respond quickly to the implications of the crisis.
In essence, they ‘showed up’ and then ‘stuck around’, using their position of trust within communities experiencing complex social issues to support people when they were needed most. This is in contrast to parts of the public sector, who were slower to react, and to informal support and mutual aid, which has dissipated over time.
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Source: Lloyds Bank Foundation