NAVCA has published the findings of our fourth 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 we ask to complete a short survey every three months. The survey tracks trends among NAVCA members. The first survey took place in July 2012.
- Pessimistic about prospects for local charities and community groups. For the first time, this survey shows that more members feel that the prospects for the local voluntary and community sector will get slightly worse over the next three months. In all previous surveys the prevailing view was that the outlook was broadly stable.
- Nearly half are reducing staff levels. In response to the question are changes to paid staff are planned in the next three months, the percentage of respondents saying that staffing would stay the same fell to its lowest figure (32%) yet. However, this was due to both the figure increasing for NAVCA members planning to increase (24%) and decrease (44%) staff numbers.
- Collaboration still seen as way forward. NAVCA members continue to say that increased collaboration with other local support organisations is likely over the next twelve months. Over half (54%) of respondents expect to see more collaboration and only 8% expect to see less.
- Changes in policing may be improving relationships with the voluntary sector. Over a quarter of respondents (27%) say that their relationship with the local police has improved over the past 12 months (and just 4% say it has got worse). This may be in part due to the greater emphasis on working with local charities and community groups the elected PCCs have introduced.
- Relationships with local authorities under pressure. For the first time the survey has more respondents saying the local authority will have a negative rather than positive effect on their success over the coming year.
- Other Charities remain key to success. The majority of respondents (54%) felt that other charities will have a positive impact on their success over the coming year and no-one thought they would have a negative effect.
- Cuts are creating increased workload. For the fourth time, increased workload remains the biggest issue for respondents. Increasing earned income is second.