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So many are fighting for their very survival’: How coronavirus has pushed charities to the brink

medanmendai.com - The most vulnerable face England lost crucial support as charity driven to the brink during a coronavirus, a leading organization has warned.


new data show nearly 6,000 charities forced to close the year up to June 2020, an increase of 19 percent on the previous year and a five-year high.


In a special report by The Independent, the charity of large organizations carry out work on a global scale for the food bank a single, groups of all sizes have said they've had to cut their services significantly, with some deny the benefits of their support at a time when they are most in need ,


Among those affected is Macmillan Cancer, which has losses of fundraising equivalent projected at around 3,000 nurses - were each treated hundreds of patients each year - over the next two years, and a children's charity The British Barnardo's, which expects a loss of £ 50m this financial year - forcing it to cut services for vulnerable children.

Analysis of the Charity Commission figures by Sports Greenhouse leading sports charity found that in the year to June, three months into lockdown, 5843 charity forced to close - up from 4,900 last year. For many people, the image has become even more bleak since, as many lament the lack of government support for the sector is often left to plug gaps in state support.


Separate research by Pro Bono Economics showed that more than half of charities warn the demand for their services may exceed their ability to deliver - suggests many people will be left without access to essential services they have come to rely during the previous lockdown.


The findings, based on a survey of 224 charities, showed that 94 percent had faced financial challenges of coronavirus, with drops of earned income, public donations, and money associated with the fundraising activity forced them to make cuts to front-line support they offer. As the pandemic continues to impact on the economy three months, raising concerns that without proper government support, more charities could be pushed to the wall.


Death of morning coffee



This week, Macmillan Cancer Support announced plans to ax 310 jobs - about one-sixth of the workforce - starting next month. Helped nearly seven million people per year, the charity is the UK's largest cancer treatment and support organization. But it has a projected revenue loss of £ 175m in the next two years, revenue will be equivalent to approximately 3,000 funding Macmillan nurses, who each cared for hundreds of patients every year.


Chief executive Lynda Thomas told The Independent that the inability to put on a fundraising event has been "catastrophic". Almost all income generally comes from fundraising events that are not able to take place in 2020, such as the London Marathon and Macmillan coffee morning.


Meanwhile, he said, the demand for charitable services, as income has been dramatically reduced, has been "great" - with the need to support the physical, emotional and financial among all cancer patients improved significantly. In March, when the lockdown began and many cancer patients are advised to protect as the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, Macmillan free support line saw a 16-fold increase in calls.


"Early on we get calls from people really anxious not sure whether or not they can go to the doctor. No one understands what it shields guidance. Organizations like we have to really work hard to explain what it is, "said Ms. Thomas.


"We have also seen a major impact on the finances of people, and I expect this to get worse in the fall. As a sabbatical scheme winds down, many people who have got cancer, which has actually suppress the immune system, just can not go back to work, so that they will have an income. " Macmillan had no funding from the government during a pandemic, and Ms Thomas said the charity and the broader sector could do with "more recognition and support".

"We are looking after people at the time of our earnings are massively reduced. We took a lot of weight away from the NHS at the moment it is difficult for people in the ministry. They all turned to charity when we lose all our income, "he added.


"We've neglected sector. Expectations of the public will of course still that we will be there for them, so that's what we will do and we will make sure that we are. "

A 'perfect storm' for those in need


In early April, Rishi sunak announced a package worth £ 750 million of funding for charities and a government spokesman said they could benefit from further support is available to all employers, add up to "a package worth billions of pounds" with the funds distributed " at speed ". However, many charities say support for their organizations had sufficient and essential services remained significantly reduced.


At Barnardo's, charities biggest children in the UK with over 8,000 staff and 20,000 volunteers, chief executive officer Javed Khan said he expects a loss of about £ 50m this financial year, while also experiencing "urgent and increased" demand support to children vulnerable, warning of a "perfect storm".


He said that, as a result of lost revenue from retail stores and fundraiser, there are a number of services for vulnerable children who Barnardo now be cut.


"Package £ 750 for a government rescue charity is an important step, but it is never enough. Charity is the glue that holds the community together in the toughest of times, and they have a role that is really important to play in supporting the most vulnerable, who always suffer most in times of crisis, "added Mr Khan.


Other leading charity echoing the comments of Mr Khan. Cost Gilfeather, Oxfam, the fight against poverty in the UK and around the world, said the same problem costs the charity around £ 5 million per month, while it was also in need of volunteers.


He added: "Going forward, we would urge the government to extend the grant scheme of retail to help our retailers large charity more by lifting the lid on the limitation of state aid to help us to cover the millions lost through the lockdown, and support for charitable protect shops in high streets up and down the country. "

Polly Neate, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said that as many charity finances also under "enormous pressure", adding: "Charities play an important role in national life, and we are all the poorer without them.


"And yet so many are struggling for their survival, which is really scary Financial assistance granted to businesses has actually been extensive - .. It is important charities get the same level of government assistance"


Without additional support, the impact can go beyond crisis coronavirus, the charity set to appear "greatly reduced in size and scope" unless ministers take urgent action, according to Sarah Vibert, director of public policy and volunteered at the National Council for Voluntary Organizations, the body umbrella for sector voluntary and community in the UK.


He added: "While charity has received financial support from the government, as we move forward, we need the government to consider charitable ongoing role will be played during the next six months and in helping the country recover from Covid-19, at the community need the support of our most, "he added.


hospice children are forced to rent beds


Hospices have played an important role in the response to coronavirus, taking pressure off the NHS by providing end-of-life care. Figures published by ITV News this week revealed a third of all shelters in the UK is on the verge of making redundancies and cutting back services.


Luen Thompson, chief executive at the hospital Forget Me Not children in West Yorkshire, said that while the charity gets cash injection from the government in April, it dries within two months. Now the hospital, which usually looks for a salary increase of around £ 4m, had to use other ways to increase revenue to maintain services such as renting a bed for healthcare.

"We are starting to see an increase in people feeling confident using the service formidable again, and at the same time, issues surrounding mental health flourish because they have shields, so we've developed some of the services that we did not have before about helping people to cope with this new world strange we all live, "he said.


"But of course all of these things cost money, and things that we do not have is the money to develop and maintain these services for what will be a period of a very difficult winter. To try to accommodate this we have created more than a commercial proposition with NHS partners, and the consequences of which we only had half of the beds available for us before the pandemic hit. "


Ms Thompson said there is now a "great risk" charity will be forced to change the desperate people go because they have to divert staff and space to bring money through the proposition that more commercial, added: "If the government is committed to sustainable funding for capacity rebuild charitable services we , which will begin to take the pressure off. "

Support for veterans and soldiers destroyed


Last week, the military charity Help for Heroes revealed that he had been forced to put 142 staff roles at risk of redundancy after suffering a sharp decline in revenue since the beginning of the pandemic. The organization, which supports wounded veterans and their families, warned that there could be up to 90 layoffs as a result of the recession.


Figures from a survey by the Confederation of Service Charities, representing 900 charities which support serving soldiers and veterans, conducted in May 2020, shows two-thirds of charities armed forces reported a drop in revenue, with one in 10 said they would be forced to shut down within a year.


Sir John McColl, chairman of the organization, said the figures will now be "much higher", and warned that the armed forced charity "started to get into serious trouble right now" - with potentially devastating effects on the users of the service.


"I worry about the effect on beneficiaries, and I fear that they will suffer if we are driving through rationalization agenda to maximize the effect we can have. Inevitably, if you're laying people off, there will be a decrease in capacity, so I'm sure there will be a veteran to be harmed as a consequence, "he said.


"The government needs to be careful that the charity does not really fall away never to reappear. It would be unreasonable to ask the government to actually save the public charity, but I think they need to find ways in which they can provide the funds to make the charity more sustainable. "


small charities bearing load


smaller charities supporting children also severely affected by the pandemic. The Ubele Initiative, a civil society organization working with disadvantaged ethnic communities and especially black and minority in Britain, said the closure of many charities alike have left vulnerable to further isolation.


In a recent report by Ubele into the impact of the pandemic on the voluntary sector, charities members Salford Forum for Refugees and Stateless Persons for Asylum said: "Over the past three months, we have been able to provide crucial support. We contacted members by phone and most of them have been very disappointed that no other organization has come forward to support them at this difficult time.


"Our members are struggling because of the pandemic because they have nowhere to go to get support and get involved with people who understand their culture and speak their language."

Help The Hungry Independent campaign has highlighted the plight of the face of poverty and hunger across the UK since the pandemic began, raising millions of pounds, but the demand is still growing. Also the food bank has seen a surge. Figures from the Trussell Trust, the UK's largest food bank provider, this month suggest the demand for food packages this winter will be 61 percent higher than last year.


Billy McGranaghan, founder of Dads House, a voluntary organization in west London was formed to support single father who opened the food bank is available for anyone who needs help at the end of March, said the closure of the charity in the capital push up the demand for these services - with the current demand this is more than ten-fold since before the lockdown.


"It's getting worse every day as more services are not working, and some charities have shut down their services completely, so it is overloaded local charities such as ours, and I imagine it's the same up and down the country. The impact has been devastating, "he said.


"In the last two weeks, we've got between five and ten new families a day. At the beginning lockdown, we went from 20 to 50 weeks to 600 days. It's down a bit a few months ago, but recently returned to around 500. Sometimes we can have about 50 people standing outside. It's sad. "


Mr McGranaghan said he knew of three charities that have been closed in Kensington and Chelsea, and two local food banks in Hammersmith and Fulham, which has led to "overspill" to his Dads House - an organization run solely by volunteers.


"It's killing us, but we can never give up," he added. "We'll find a way. We never knew each day what will happen, how many people come through the door. But we will continue to do what we do. "

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