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  • Social Enterprise Scotland: Cost of Living and the Impact on Volunteering

    Created: 03/11/2022, Updated: 08/11/2022

    Volunteers are a crucial ingredient in the success of many social enterprises and were a vital force in Scotland's communities' response to COVID. However, all of us now find ourselves in the grip of a Cost of Living Crisis, which brings its own challenges to volunteering

    Volunteer Scotland's recent report 'Testing our Resilience - The impact of the cost of living crisis on volunteering and volunteers' highlights a range of factors that cast doubt on the nature and level of the volunteering response this time round. 

    The Cost of Living Crisis has the potential to create a 'perfect storm' for volunteering.  It is likely to have long term adverse effects on people's health and wellbeing, and this coupled with increasing financial pressures mean there is growing evidence that less people are volunteering.

    At the same time as social enterprises encounter increased difficulties in recruiting and retaining volunteers, they also report increased demand for their services.  Most are also experiencing reducing income and/or spiralling costs seriously impacting on their ability to deliver the vital services that local communities need and rely on, now more than ever.

    And - like COVID - it's the people who experience poverty and disadvantage in society that are most adversely affected.

    Please join Social Enterprise Scotland at this online session as the team looks at the challenges social enterprises face, and some potential avenues of support and resources.  You will hear from Volunteer Scotland about the findings of its report and helpfully, its top 10 list of areas for action.  Inspiring Scotland will share how its Specialist Volunteer Network can provide vital expert assistance to Scotland’s charities.  Social Good Connect will speak about its mission to make employee volunteering easy through their search and match digital platform. 

    This online event takes place from 10:30 - 12:00 on Wednesday 30 November 2022 - book a place here.




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