West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) and Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Yorkshire Sport Foundation, and Community First Yorkshire commissioned research led by Professor Tony Chapman, Durham University, on the structure, dynamics, and impact of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, including across the WYH geographic area.
The commissioners of the report were of the view that the economic and social value and scale of the sector has been hiding in plain sight and wanted to bring this much more clearly into view. The particular interest of the commissioning HCPs has been to align the work of the sector more systematically with the energies of the public and private sectors, and in recognising its inherent and unique shape, dynamics and value, invest in the sector to enhance health and well-being outcomes for communities and individuals in the region. The report also aids understanding of the investment and support required by the VCSE in order to strengthen its ability to respond as part of the system as a whole.
The research highlights the contributions made to the economy and the health and well-being of people who live in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, which are bigger and more varied than might have been imagined.
Please click on this link for the executive summary and report in full. Click on the infographics to enlarge.
The voluntary and community enterprise sector (VCSE) working through COVID-19 (December 2020 update)
“The entire charity sector has stepped up as part of our national effort to tackle coronavirus – from helping our NHS heroes to ensuring the most vulnerable among us are cared for properly”
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
This follow up survey and report follows on from the first resilience report published in July 2020 ‘Third Sector Resilience: Before and during COVID-19’ which highlighted the impact of the first wave of COVID-19 on the sector. The second survey conducted in September/October this year was completed by 215 Voluntary and Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations delivering services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.
Third Sector Resilience: Before and during COVID-19
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership's Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme have published their latest report, titled ‘Third Sector Resilience: Before and during COVID-19’.
Working closely with over 300 voluntary and community organisations across Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, the report sets out the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and the communities they support. A life line too many of the 2.7million people living across the area; community groups, charities and voluntary organisations have been delivering vital services for years, including the renewed focus in recent months to those in need of vital help, including the 111,000 people who are shielding.
Building on the long term work of the VCS across communities, the report highlights that for many charities and community organisations their future is now uncertain. Financially they are under pressure and for many digital capacity is a barrier to their work.
Over 300 VCS organisations employing over 7000 members of staff and thousands of volunteers, responded to the WY&H survey. Of these organisations 55% do not expect to be financially sustainable beyond the end of 2020. Many of the organisations who took part in the survey also cited digital exclusion as a challenge in their work, impacting on their ability to reach some of the most at risk and isolated communities. Positives highlighted in the report include the fast tracking and flexibility of service commissioning and delivery between health, local authorities and the VCS, meaning services can respond quickly and everyone works together to make things happen at greater pace.
The Partnership has also enabled its priority programmes of work to align funding for VCS provider collaboration, for example the new Grief and Loss Support Service and ‘Keeping people with a learning disability or autism connected to vital support during Covid-19’. £500,000 of funding has also been made available to voluntary and community organisations to help tackle the impact on people’s health affected by Covid-19, with funds being announced also to support Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities.
NHS Long Term Plan and Harnessing the Power of Communities showcase event, 2019
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership held an event on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at Kala Sangam in Bradford to discuss the impact of the NHS Long Term Plan on our communities and, specifically, how the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) can work in partnership with other parts of the system to support some key actions within the Long Term Plan around mental health, social prescribing, admission avoidance at A&E and VCS delivery as part of the primary care network model.
We will also be sharing the work from the Harnessing the Power of Communities workstream within the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and how each of our 6 places (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) have invested money in VCS-led activities. And an update on the peer support workforce development programme and the Building Health Partnerships projects taking place in Calderdale and Wakefield.