Third Sector Podcast: Support for small charities

Lucinda and Alina are joined by the head of the NCVO and the organiser of Small Charity Week

Third Sector reporters Alina Martin and Lucinda Rouse are joined by Sarah Vibert, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and Vic Hancock Fell, organiser of Small Charity Week.

They discuss the challenges facing small charities in the face of the cost-of-living crisis, combined with the closure of the small charity infrastructure bodies the Small Charities Coalition and the Foundation for Social Improvement.

Sarah lays out the NCVO’s plan to fill the gap, acknowledging an inevitable deviation away from the “by small, for small” approach, but highlights the work of new, complementary small charity-led support structures such as the Small Charities Advisory Panel.

Vic details the existing peer-to-peer support networks available to small charity leaders and describes how Small Charity Week will aim to formulate concrete calls to action to stimulate long-term change for the sector.

Charity Changed My Life features the story of Sandy Nash, a long-time volunteer for the Sobell House Hospice Charity, who describes the privilege she feels at being able to contribute to the delivery of a valuable local service.

You can listen to the episode below, or wherever you get your podcasts:

Read the full transcript.

Please note that in the episode we stated that the FSI took over from the Small Charities Coalition. While the FSI did play a part in continuing services such as the helpdesk previously run by the SCC, it had been supporting small charities for many years before, including through the creation of Small Charity Week.

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