Half of charities expecting rising demand, research shows

Half of voluntary sector organisations expect demand for their services to rise as the coronavirus pandemic continues, new figures show. 

Research published this week by the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice at Nottingham Trent University, the Voluntary Action Research Group at Sheffield Hallam University and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations shows that 50 per cent of the almost 400 organisations polled said they were anticipating demand for their services to go up. 

But the survey, which was conducted in November, showed the proportion of organisations that said they were expecting demand to rise had fallen by eight percentage points compared with the same study conducted a month earlier. 

Researchers also found that almost a quarter of charities expected their financial position to deteriorate over the coming month, while almost two-thirds said they expected their financial position to remain the same. 

The survey showed that 80 per cent of organisations said they were better prepared for future lockdowns than they were for the first in March last year. 

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