Your chance to shape investment into and support for voluntary, community and faith sector groups.


Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS) and Liverpool City Council (LCC) have jointly created the following survey to learn about the impact of Covid-19 on local voluntary and community organisations.

Both LCVS and LCC recognise that the voluntary, community and faith sector organisations are playing a vital role in Liverpool's Covid-19 pandemic response. It is also clear that these organisations are under increased pressure at a time when they are critically needed.

As such, we need to hear from you about the impact of Covid-19 on your organisation so far.

Your responses will shape support services provided by both LCVS and LCC, as well as being shared with funders and other agencies as they look to see how they can support the VCF sector.

This may include the provision of additional direct investment into the sector through grants or other support, so the more evidence received about the issues impacting on your organisation, the stronger the case for support.

This survey should take 10 minutes to complete.

Please share this survey with your VCF sector colleagues.

If you have any questions, regarding this survey, please contact info@lcvs.org.uk.

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* 1. Organisation structure (tick all that apply)

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* 2. How would you describe your main areas of delivery? (You can tick up to 3 categories)

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* 3. Annual turnover

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* 4. In “pre-covid times" was earned income (i.e. room hire, delivering training, paid for services etc.) an important source of funding for your organisation?

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* 5. In "pre-covid" times, approximately how much of your income was earned income?

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* 6. If you generated earned income in "pre-covid" times, approximately how much has your earned income dropped since Covid-19?

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* 7. How many Full Time Equivalent (FTE) paid staff members do you currently employ?

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* 8. Comparing now to “pre-covid” how has the number of paid staff you employed changed?

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* 9. If you answered “We now employ fewer staff” can you estimate the % decrease in paid staff number?

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* 10. Have you had to make any staff redundancies from March to September 2020?

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* 11. Do you envisage having to make staff redundancies in the next 12 months as a result of Covid-19?

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* 12. Approximately how many volunteers did you have before Covid-19?

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* 13. During March – September 2020 did your total number of volunteers increase or decrease?

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* 14. If you said there was a reduction in Volunteer numbers please can you tick which statements apply to your organisations:

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* 15. Has the nature of your volunteers changed during Covid19? For example, have you had new volunteers from different communities, has the average age changed or the type of person been different?

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* 16. How has demand for your service changed?

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* 17. If you are maintaining a service how has it changed?

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* 18. Have you had to close/put on hold all or part of your service?

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* 19. If you have stopped or put on hold some service delivery do you have plans to restart?

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* 20. Are you finding digital exclusion an issue for people you work with? Digital exclusion is when people find it more difficult to participate in society or access the services they need because they either have limited access to digital technology or are less able to use it.

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* 21. What do you think are some of the main issues that people you work with are encountering when accessing digital technology (tick up to 3 boxes)

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* 22. What do you think are some of the main issues that your staff or volunteers staff are encountering when accessing digital technology (tick up to 3 boxes)

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* 23. Thinking ahead how many months do you expect you can continue to be financially sustainable, based on your current outlook?

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* 24. Over the last 6 months have you had to use your organisations financial reserves?

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* 25. If you have had to use reserves over the last 6 months, approximately how much of your reserves have you had to use?

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* 26. Thinking about the period to until the end of the financial year (31 March 2021) what are the main risks to your income?

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* 27. Have any of the following been made more difficult for your organisation as a result of Covid19? Tick all that apply.

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* 28. Based on the above, what are your TOP 8 issues with which you would need support over the next 6-12 months? TICK UP TO 8 OPTIONS.

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