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What we don't know about going digital
Third and public sector bodies are rightly proud of how they responded to the pandemic, switching so many services from face-to-face to digital.
Communicating is harder in the pandemic
Covid-19 has left charities will a range of challenges that is broad and deep. One of these is communications, a crucial – but oft overlooked – aspect of any organisation.
Charity funding in a changing world
Covid-19 has exacerbated a financial squeeze for the third sector. Scope speaks with Kate Beggs, from the National Lottery Community Fund, about the changing face of funding.
Tax the rich – even just a bit more
Modern economics is hampered by politics. This has huge ramifications for Covid-19 recovery and, longer-term, for society, poverty and the third sector.
Tackling loneliness will be a bellwether for Covid-19 recovery
New research from the Red Cross lays bare how, for many people, coronavirus has led to loneliness. The root causes cut across every aspect of the pandemic.
News is a utility but, to survive, it needs charity
Journalism is in crisis. Its weakness is part of something wider that is undermining society. Financing independent reporting is necessary – but not sufficient – to steer away from disaster. Journalism also needs public confidence.
Data can be both substance and style
Numbers can enhance narratives and even tell tales of their own. Scope speaks with Dr Donna Kernaghan, founder of Stats & Stories, about how data can help organisations improve services and secure funding.
Putting people in the lead
The pandemic has led to severe curtailment of our freedoms. Recovering from it should not just involve restoring but enhancing them. It is time to put people in the lead.
Third sector has a chance to change its relationship with government
Charities, departments and the civil service could work together better. NICVA’s new manifesto is a great starting point for developing a new relationship – and is out for consultation.
Dormant accounts to support active needs
The new Dormant Accounts Fund aims to boost third sector sustainability. Scope speaks with Kate Beggs, Director of the National Lottery Community Fund NI, about charities becoming more robust.
Covid-19 has highlighted NI’s lack of support for childcare
The pandemic has shown once more how important childcare is to many families in Northern Ireland – and why proper help from Stormont is essential.
Westminster needs to prioritise replacing EU funding
The delay – or complete absence – of a consultation on the planned UK Shared Prosperity Fund is not encouraging. Perhaps this week will bring some news.
Covid-19 support again puts charities in a bind
Throughout the pandemic, Westminster has not responded to the needs of community and voluntary organisations or the people they serve. That needs to change.
Community leadership: bringing on the next generation
Many community and voluntary organisations face a looming crisis.