#NeverMoreNeeded is a national campaign to highlight the essential support that charities have provided throughout the Coronavirus crisis.
“As we navigate the worst impacts of the outbreak, people across the country are relying on the work of charities, the essential support they provide and how they shape our society for the better.
So many people deserve our thanks – they have come forward to give their time, skills and money to help charities keep doing what they do best, and making a positive impact on people’s lives and our communities.
We’ll all continue to rely on the expertise and experience of our charity and voluntary groups in the recovery effort that lies ahead.
The government cannot afford to overlook or undervalue the not for profit sector at the moment.”
Wednesday 17 February - #RightNow
The #NeverMoreNeeded campaign is asking everyone to share posts on social media that highlight what you, or the charities you support, are doing right now to support communities and make a positive difference.
Here at Connected Voice we’ve witnessed a phenomenal response to the Coronavirus crisis from organisations across our region. Stories are highlighted in our quarterly Connected Voice magazine and we would encourage you to have a read. From the initial response in recruiting and overseeing volunteers, the emergence of Mutual Aid Groups across Newcastle and Gateshead and the Citylife Line appeal, to the more recent Spirit of Christmas appeal (the impact of which you can read about in our upcoming Spring edition) and the innovative ways in which organisations have tackled inequalities that have been worsened by the pandemic. This includes specialist support for older people, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities, asylum seekers, women and disabled people. We are continually impressed and inspired by everyone’s collective response and how quickly organisations have been able to adapt their services to make them ‘COVID safe’.
We’d also like to highlight our own teams – Advocacy, Haref, Support and Development, and Business Services – who have worked tirelessly to support individuals, communities and organisations in these unprecedented and challenging times:
- Fighting for the rights of individuals who have been treated unfairly and in breach of the Human Rights Act during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Helping to ensure important health messages about COVID-19 and the vaccine reach different BAME communities through short translated videos and seminars, voicing concerns raised by those communities through the Haref Network and encouraging health organisations to better meet the needs of different communities by becoming Haref Allies.
- Supporting organisations in a variety of ways, including helping them to access vital funding so they can in turn help their local communities.
- Delivering virtual networking events that allow people to share ideas and explore how they may work collaboratively.
- Sharing important information about COVID-19, employment and business advice, and offering extra support to clients.
In addition to celebrating the achievements of charities and organisations, #NeverMoreNeeded asks that they get financial support to keep them running.
As highlighted by our Chief Executive Lisa Goodwin in a recent article:
“Local authorities and the NHS have recognised their impact and national government too has been unusually full of praise for our sector, but many months on it’s clear we stand to lose a number of brilliant charities because they just don’t have the funding they need to continue, and the money made available nationally has been insignificant. The local public sector and charitable funders have been supportive, but they too are facing challenges the scale of which they have not seen before.
Organisations have had to be more responsive, adaptable and resilient than ever, and many of them have had to meet new challenges while dealing with significant reductions in income”
The charity sector employs 3% of the UK workforce – almost a million people. In terms of expenditure on the public good, the £60bn the sector spends is comparable in size to the education sector or local government. It’s bigger than the police, fire service and armed forces combined. If it was part of the public sector, it would have a minister of state.
We are encouraging everyone to take a look at the #NeverMoreNeeded website and find out how you can support this important campaign.