WCVA publishes recession action plan

Welsh umbrella body calls for more funding for organisations facing rising demand for services

The Wales Council for Voluntary Action is urging third sector funders to increase funding to charities experiencing high demand as a result of the recession.

The umbrella body has published a report, The Third Sector And The Recession In Wales – Toward An Action Plan, which addresses concerns about spending and service cuts within the sector.

The effects of the recession on the sector are likely to include increased demand for counselling and advice services, the paper says. There may also be a decline in income for many voluntary groups and reduced support for volunteering projects, it adds.

The WCVA proposes allocating greater levels of funding to relevant groups, increasing tax-efficient giving and launching a campaign called Now is Not the Time to Stop Giving, which encourages donors to continue supporting charities.

The plan also urges the Welsh Assembly to support the development of community financing institutions and pilot a training course on managing in the recession.

Graham Benfield, chief executive of WCVA, said: "Many organisations are concerned that their grants will be cut next year, just at a time when demand for their services is increasing. The measures proposed in the plan will help the sector meet its responsibilities and make its contribution to the difficult time ahead."

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