While I am pleased to see the VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) sector and its current plight acknowledged nationally over the last couple of weeks, we also fear that many of our county’s crucial organisations will continue to struggle in the months beyond lockdown.
A recent Covid-19 Impact Survey of the sector showed we could lose around 60% of the sector within 12 months and 30% within 6 months without additional funding now. Our sector’s future is fragile, yet vital during these times. We are working with partners across the system and will continue to support initiatives like the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund to ensure these services are equipped to continue now and in the future.
How you can help
• Funding is available to help local neighbourhood schemes, community groups and charities who are supporting people through this crisis and as we seek to rebuild local lives. Visit www.suffolkcf.org.uk/grants/suffolk-coronavirus-community-fund
• If you need urgent help, call Suffolk’s ‘Home, But Not Alone’ helpline on 0800 876 6926. It is open 9am to 5pm, every day.