Welcome to the Community Action Wirral State of the Sector survey for 2020-2021.

This survey contains 31 questions on the current status of your organisation or group. It also contains 4 additional questions on the financial effects the COVID19 lockdown(s) have had on you, that we would greatly appreciate.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. No questions are required but please try to answer as many as you can.

Many thanks for your participation. Your input and feedback is always very important to us.

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* 1. What is the name of your organisation or group?

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* 2. What is the legal structure of your organisation? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 3. Within Wirral, where does your organisation operate? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 4. Outside Wirral, where does your organisation operate? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 5. Which services does your organisation provide? (Please tick a maximum of four)

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* 6. Which sector do you identify your organisation falls under?

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* 7. Who are the main beneficiaries of your organisation's activities? (Please tick all that apply)

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* 8. Within the last 12 months, how many people have benefited from the work of your organisation?
This can include service users, members, volunteers and members of the public that are positively affected by the work you do.

0 100 000+
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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 9. Please describe how you have arrived at the above figure if possible.

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* 10. At a community level, what kind of impact on the following aspects do you think you have?

  We have a very strong impact We have a good contribution We make some difference  We don't try to do this
Reducing social isolation
Improving health and wellbeing
Increasing employability
Tackling the consequences of poverty
Improving people’s access to basic services
Enhancing the cultural and artistic life of the community
Promoting community cohesion
Empowering people in the community
Increasing people’s pride in their community
Giving people confidence to manage their lives
Helping people to lift themselves out of poverty

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* 11. Thinking about the way your organisation works, which of the following reflect your approach?

  Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree
We devote most of our time to the local area where we are based
We involve our beneficiaries in decision-making processes
We tend to keep ourselves to ourselves and just get on with our work
We want our organisation to get bigger to achieve more
We want to influence local decision makers in the public sector so that more is achieved in our area
We try to go to relevant meetings/events which relate to our kind of work
We are often the ones that take the initiative in partnership activity

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* 12. Approximately how many paid FTE staff does your organisation have?

0 2500+
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* 13. Approximately how many volunteers (excluding trustees) does your organisation have?

0 2500+
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* 14. Approximately how many trustees, committee members or directors does your organisation have?

0 100+
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* 15. Over the last two years, has the number of paid FTE staff, volunteers and trustees, committee members or directors in your organisation increased, stayed the same or been reduced?

  Increased Stayed the same Reduced Not applicable to us
Paid FTE staff
Volunteers (excluding trustees)
Trustees, committee members or directors

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* 16. What is your experience of working with volunteers (excluding your trustees / committee)?

  Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Not applicable to us
We rely mainly on volunteers who commit time on a very regular basis
We rely mainly on volunteers who can work unsupervised
Many of our volunteers are our service users/beneficiaries
We could not keep going as an organisation or group without volunteers

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* 17. What was your organisation's total income in the last financial year?

0 1 000 000+
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i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

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* 18. Over the last two years, has your organisation's income...

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* 19. How dependent are the following sources of funding for your work?

  Very dependent Dependent Slightly dependent Not dependent at all
Grants
Contracts
Earned income
(e.g. retail, selling goods/ services – but not contracts)
Investment income
(e.g. stocks, shares, interest, dividends, etc.)
Contribution in kind
(e.g. use of facilities and free professional help)
Gifts
(e.g. sponsorship, donations)
Subscriptions
Borrowed money
(e.g. loans)

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* 20. In the last financial year, has your organisation drawn on its reserves?

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* 21. What financial assets, in terms of the approximate value of property you own, does your organisation have?

0 1 000 000+
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* 22. What financial assets, in terms of the approximate reserves in stocks, shares, savings etc., does your organisation have?

0 1 000 000+
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* 23. What financial assets, in terms of the approximate cash reserves in current account, does your organisation have?

0 1 000 000+
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* 24. Many organisations ‘earn’ some of their income. What is your position the following types of business activity?

  We are doing this now We’re planning to do this It’s a vague possibility No, we don’t do this
Run a retail or hospitality business
(e.g. a community café, pub or shop)
Run a community building
(e.g. hiring rooms for events, rent space to other organisations)
Provide ‘paid-for’ services for individuals
(e.g. sport training, craft classes, work related tuition, ticketed events)
Provide personal services
(e.g. home care services, sport injury clinic)
Financial support
(e.g. a credit union, money skills training, low-cost loans)
A place to live
(e.g. rented accommodation, homelessness hostel)
Transport
(e.g. dial-a-ride service, bike hire, community transport)
Craft manufacturing
(e.g. micro brewery, jam maker, greetings cards)
Industrial manufacturing
(e.g. mobility scooters, food processing)
Digital services
(e.g. creating websites, social media consultancy)
Business support for other organisations
(e.g. pay roll, printing, accounts, grant writing, staff training)

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* 25. Do you use digital mediums and resources to help you with your work?

  Yes, we use this quite a lot We use this occasionally No, we don’t do this
To maintain your organisational website
(e.g. www.communityactionwirral.org.uk)
Our own social media accounts
(e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
Online fundraising
(e.g. ‘crowdfunding’, 'Just Giving', 'Kick Start')
Doing research online
(e.g. Wirral Intelligence Service, Charity Commission, NCVO)
Finding funding opportunities online
(e.g. Funding Central)
To gather evidence of need and/or impact
(e.g. Impact Hub)
Online financial management
(e.g. cloud-based accounting software)

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* 26. Which of the following best describes your organisation’s current position about tendering for public sector services?

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* 27. Over the last two years, has your organisation been involved in partnership bidding (e.g. as part of a consortium or group bid)?

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* 28. What kinds of relationships do you have with other voluntary organisations and groups?

  Yes, this is how we work now Not at the moment, but we'd like to work this way No, this doesn't apply to us
We have useful informal relationships 
We often work quite closely, but informally
We often work in formal partnership arrangements 

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* 29. What's your experience of working with private sector businesses?

  Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Not applicable to us
There are too few opportunities for us to meet businesses
Businesses help us to raise our profile
Businesses trust us to be well organised and professional
Support from businesses tends to be very short term
Business provide us with money, resources or volunteers

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* 30. How do you think your organisation is regarded by local statutory bodies in your area?

  Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Not applicable to us
They value our work
They inform us on issues
They involve us appropriately in developing and implementing policy 
They act upon our organisation's opinions 

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* 31. Over the next two years, what do you expect will happen to your organisation?

  Increase significantly Increase Remain similar Decrease Decrease significantly Not applicable
Income will…
Support from private businesses will…
Grants from charitable foundations will…
Support from volunteers will…
Working in partnership will…
The need for our services will…
Funding from statutory agencies will…

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* 32. The following 4 questions are about the effects of the COVID19 lockdown(s) on your Organisation or Group.

With regard to resilience and income can you tell us:

  Strongly impacted Impacted Slightly impacted Not Impacted Not applicable to us
How your income has been affected.

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* 33. Which income stream(s) has/have been least resilient?

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* 34. Which income stream(s) has/have been most resilient?

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* 35. What have/are you able to do to mitigate the loss of income?

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* 36. This is the end of the survey, thank you for your time.

Is there anything else you would like tell us or do you have any additional feedback?

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