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State of the Sector 2022 Report

Support Cambridgeshire, the partnership between Cambridge CVS and Hunts Forum of Voluntary Services, is launching its latest annual State of the Sector report. This yearly survey informed infrastructure organisations such as Support Cambridgeshire, local authorities, funders and others of the challenges, trends and patterns taking place across the voluntary sector in Cambridgeshire.

Due to the pandemic, the survey had been put on hold for a year while the sector adjusted and reacted to its environment. However, two years later, the Support Cambridgeshire team felt it was vital to take a snapshot of how the organisations responded and reacted to the pandemic and if initial fears around the impact were valid, and therefore ‘Coming up for air’ was compiled.

The reports look at the impacts of the pandemic on the sector, focusing on the issues, barriers and support that those groups will need to move forward and continue to support the communities they serve.

Some of the highlights include;

  • Generally, groups weather the storm pretty well
  • There are concerns around social isolation, increased services, and the division and inequality in society.
  • Funding continues to be a concern and issue for all groups
  • The way groups want support is changing, and digital is here to stay

If you would like to read the report, click the link below.

 

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Improving the NHS for people with autism and learning disabilities

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has produced an Easy Read version of its report  on what people think about local NHS services.

People with autism and learning disabilities say they need much more support and help to live full, healthy and productive lives, reveals a new report from Healthwatch.

Healthwatch asked people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including those with autism and learning disabilities, how they would spend extra money on the NHS to improve services. And the findings in the What would you do? report published a few weeks ago, highlight problems ranging from getting a diagnosis, treatment and support to not enough appropriate services and problems accessing services that are there – particularly mental health.

People with autism and learning disabilities told Healthwatch they would like:

  • Care from familiar nurses and GPs
  • Services and care closer to home
  • Better communication
  • Easy-to-understand information using simple words and pictures

One carer, in their late 60s, said: “There is no other help at all. Nothing proactive. Need to fight, remind, explain all the time. We three feel utterly abandoned now.”

Another carer said her sons had amazing minds and if they had support to deal with anxiety and sensory difficulties they could “maybe live productive lives.”

Give your views

Like to give your views or need information about local NHS services? Healthwatch, the independent champion for people using health and social care services, wants to hear from you.

Get in touch via the website, call on 0330 355 1285 (local call number) or email enquiries@healthwatchcambspboro.co.uk

Read more

Read the full What would you do? report

Read our Easy Read version of the main findings

Read a summary of the report

 

The 6 top challenges for Charities

The CAF Charity Landscape report of 2019 has identified the top 6 challenges for CEO’s and the Charitable sector across the UK.

The most pressing challenge at number 1 is that of Income Generation, particularly at a time where demand for services is growing and financial restrictions continue to dominate the headlines.

Digital technology is number 2, seen as a double edged sword by many Charity leaders. Whilst embracing new digital technology will provide opportunities for Charities, it comes at a cost and may well change the nature of the problems currently faced.

Number 3 on the list is Brexit. Most leaders feel that Brexit will have a very negative impact on the Charitable sector and the beneficiaries for whom they serve.

Fourth up is Government. Few Charitable leaders think that the Government will continue to support the sector, with many thinking that the Government will see them as a nuisance for criticising policy decisions made in Westminster.

At number 5 its public trust. Many Charity leaders believe that media negativity surrounding Charities makes it harder to build levels of public trust, and that many members of the public have no understanding of the importance of Charities and the work they do.

Number 6 is a mixed bag: Many Charity leaders are more confident about the future of their own organisation than they are for the sector as a whole.

Fore more detailed information on the CAF Landscape Report, and how Charities can rise to the challenges click here: