Third Sector Podcast: Respond, recover, reset

This week's episode looks at the NCVO's Respond, Recover and Reset project and its monthly barometer

In this month's bumper episode of the Third Sector Podcast, editor Emily Burt and features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney find out what the National Council for Voluntary Organisations's Respond, Recover and Reset project can tell us about the impact of lockdown on charities.

The Respond, Recover, Reset project, run by the NCVO with Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University, examines the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. 
It includes a monthly barometer which provides real-time data about how the pandemic is impacting the working practices and operations of voluntary organisations – as well as their responses, their learning and resilience.
The latest results, published last week, looks at the impact of the second lockdown on charities, using data gathered in November.
Rebecca and Emily chat to Dr Daniel King, professor of organisation studies at Nottingham Trent University about what the data reveals, and to Alex Farrow, head of influencing and networking at the NCVO, about what advice he would offer based on the results of the study.
For more information about the barometer surveys and to get involved, visit the project's website or email the project team at Dr Daniel King can be contacted at

In the coronavirus care package this month we look at Baby Basics, a charity that helps new parents access essential baby equipment and toiletries. The charity's 2020 impact report reveals the charity supported more than 20,000 children – an increase of 166 per cent on the previous 12 months.

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