Today Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales published a report on how small charities have stepped up to the challenges presented by Covid-19. The report confirms what we have all seen - that many charities have continued to provide a consistent service by delivering remotely and changing in order to offer new services to meet the rapidly changing needs in their communities. Charities have been working collaboratively and, like the rest of us, have seen digital transformation accelerated - what might normally take years achieved in a matter
Looking forwards charities are, however, facing a funding crisis and are expecting further challenges caused by increases in poverty and financial crisis, leading to greater demand for their support. Let's hope that they survive the next tsunami because our communities will really need them.
The story that emerges is of charities stepping up to the all encompassing challenges of COVID-19, adapting rapidly to the changing needs of the communities they serve, their staff and volunteers.