Top 10 Results from NICVA’s latest Covid-19 Impact Survey (August 2020)

In August, NICVA surveyed their membership of over 1000 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland. 

The survey aimed to find out how the Covid-19 crisis is impacting on them and the services and activities they provide for thousands of people. 

Below is a selection of the top 10 results from the survey.

  1. 73% of organisations indicated that services/activities had been stopped due to the Covid- 19 crisis
  2. 66.8% of organisations indicated that they had lost funding/income
  3. Over a quarter (25.3%) said they were delivering only a quarter or less of their normal services or activities, and over a third (35.5%) said the loss of their services was affecting over 100 service users a week
  4. Over two fifths (42.3%) said up to a quarter of their services were new services developed in response to the Covid-19
  5. Over a fifth (21.6%) said between a quarter and half of their services were new, Covid-19 related services, such as prescription runs, food deliveries and mental health support
  6. More than one in six organisations (18.3%) have lost 75% or more of their normal income while more than quarter (26%) have lost between a quarter and half of their income
  7. Over half (50.4%) said that between 76-100% of their volunteers had been unable to volunteer because of Covid-19
  8. The top 3 most pressing issues facing organisation were “sustaining our organisation and activities”, “finance/cash flow” and “changing our services to meet emerging needs”
  9. Nearly a third (31%) of organisations said they expected their income to fall by between 51-75% in the next 6 months, while 4.3% said that their organization may not survive
  10. Over 60% said they expected their capacity to deliver services to reduce, with over a quarter saying they expected a reduction in capacity of between 25-75%

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