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Community in Action publishes learning report

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 15th April 2021

The ALLIANCE’s Community in Action project has published analysis of third sector organisations’ initial response to COVID-19.

The new report analyses 51 articles that were published during Community in Action’s first phase – from March to September 2020.

Since it began last March, the ALLIANCE’s Community in Action project has shined a light on:

  • How COVID-19 has affected the people third sector organisations support;
  • What third sector organisations have put in place to respond to COVID-19 and how this has helped people;
  • The organisational challenges they have faced as a result of COVID-19;
  • And the impact that the third sector was able to offer with regards to Scotland’s response to COVID-19.

Some organisations have completely transformed the service that they provide in order to continue to support those that rely upon them. They have done so in an incredibly challenging environment too, with third sector organisations facing severe financial pressure over the last year.

During our analysis of their COVID-19 response, a number of common themes emerged with third sector organisations’ behaviour demonstrating the importance of:

  • Adaptability
  • Pace
  • Engagement
  • Innovation
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Relationships
  • And Sustainability

These are the core ingredients which have contributed to the third sector’s successful response to COVID-19, with each article published during this phase of the Community in Action series displaying a range of these qualities.

You can read more in the full report below.

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