CAVA has launched its fourth State of the Sector survey

The survey will be circulated to thousands of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across Warwickshire and Solihull and we need to hear from you.

The profile of the VCSE sector has never been greater, and we want to keep it this way. The survey therefore explores key areas such as finances, volunteering, partnerships, and of course the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; it is only by understanding what is happening in communities, and what is facing you in the future, that CAVA, the public sector and funders can understand where to put our efforts to support you.

The survey can be completed online or paper copies can be obtained by calling 024 7638 5765.

The closing date for completed surveys is 31st October 2021, and all organisations that respond to the survey will be automatically entered into a prize draw. One organisation from each district or borough will receive a donation of £50, and everyone will be entered into a prize draw to win a Venturer Netbook worth nearly £200.

CAVA will also be running specific focus groups throughout October, they’ll be a great opportunity to network with others and the CAVA team.

CAVA uses the findings to inform local government, funders and the public of the scale and impact of the sector. In addition, findings from previous surveys have proved invaluable to individual organisations for a range of activities including lobbying and fundraising. To see the Top Findings from previous State of the Sector surveys visit:

Recent national research* has shown that there are over 163,000 community organisations in the UK, with 16.3 million people volunteering their time at least once. If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown anything, it’s the dedication and care offered by organisations and individuals to help their neighbours, strangers and support the NHS. In Warwickshire and Solihull we know that 69% of all community organisations are small, and in our 2020 COVID-impact survey** nearly 50% stated the COVID had had a negative impact on the delivery of their services, often to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, and 16% said their funding had reduced by 50% or more as a result of the pandemic.

On the importance of the State of the Sector survey, Kate Morrison, Chief Executive of CAVA said:

State of the Sector reports provide the best information available into the health and wellbeing of voluntary action in Warwickshire and Solihull, giving a great overview of the diversity of what community and voluntary organisations, faith groups, charities and social enterprises are achieving every day.