COST OF LIVING FEEDBACK FROM VOLUNTEER GROUPS AND CHARITIES IN TORBAY NEEDED URGENTLY

As the impact of the Cost-of-Living Crisis continues to hit society at all levels, a survey has been sent to all Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) groups and charities in Torbay, for their input on how rising costs have (or haven’t) affected them and their clientele.

In an effort to form a snapshot impression of how groups and charities are impacted, Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) has sent out an online survey for representatives of any of these entities to have their say, with the aim of informing potential funding and resources/aid to benefit the VCSE community and those they support.

Early indications from some who have already begun filling in the survey show particular concern for fundraising income, running costs of facilities, and service delivery, with many expressing uncertainty as to whether they may have to resort to cutting back on services they can provide.

The toll on the mental and physical health of their beneficiaries is also one of the biggest worries facing those completing the survey, along with their ability to afford access to services, or even afford travel to said services.

Recent news of local groups having to close due to insurmountable financial pressures is an ominous sign of what may, unfortunately, come to pass for even more groups and organisations locally, if sufficient support cannot be provided.

Tracey Cabache, Director of the TCDT, says ‘We are calling on all groups to share their situation as we go into this difficult period. We need to support our voluntary sector at this time when they are needed most.’

Results of the survey – which will now remain open until the New Year, will be shared with funders and MPs, to help identify areas for urgent support, as well as short-term and long-term funding.

To participate in the survey, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/99NDS2S

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