The findings come from NAVCA’s sixth quarterly survey of members. The survey takes the temperature of NAVCA members and tracks trends in local voluntary action. NAVCA has a representative panel of members who complete a short survey every three months to track trends among NAVCA members. The first survey took place in July 2012.
The latest survey suggests signs of stability:
- 57% of respondents say that their prospects remain approximately the same for the next three months, up from 47% in July 2013.
- 71% say prospects for their local sector remain approximately the same for the next three months, up from 53% in July 2013.
- 88% say their relationship with their local authority has stayed the same, up from 50% in July 2013.
- 58% say their relationship with their local NHS partners has stayed the same, up from 40% in July 2013.
Respondents feel that other charities and local NHS staff are important for future success, whilst central Government was seen as having a negative or no effect. Respondents were split on the effect of local government with a third saying no effect, a third saying a negative effect and a third saying they will have a positive effect on future success.
Collaboration remains a key issue, with half the respondents saying they’ll undertake more collaboration with other infrastructure charities and half saying they will have the same amount of collaboration. No-one said they will have less collaboration.
Finally we asked members the biggest issues they face. Increased workload remains the top issue followed by demonstrating value and then increasing earned income, increased competition and local government funding.
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said:
“These findings confirm to me that NAVCA members are working hard against the odds to maintain their support for local voluntary action, and to build on their relationships with local partners. The result is they are increasingly stabilizing their position ( and their relationships) against a background of diminishing resources and rising demand. The findings are backed up by our recent chief officer survey and our conversations with members.”