Small charities across the UK are struggling to survive

Third Force News reports

Small charities across the UK are struggling to survive under increasingly tough financial restraints, new research shows.

The Social Landscape 2017 report, published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and Acevo, reveals that 18% of charity chief executives believe their organisations are living a hand-to-mouth existence.

And more than a quarter of small charities – the organisations and community groups which make up the vast majority of the third sector – are struggling to fend off closure, the findings reveal.

Some 472 charity chief executives were interviewed for the CAF survey – 112 of them in Scotland.

The findings come on top of statistics published last week by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, which showed many charities had gone into “survival mode” as they were failing to grow or extend their reach.

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Small charities across the UK are struggling to survive under increasingly tough financial restraints, new research shows.

The Social Landscape 2017 report, published by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and Acevo, reveals that 18% of charity chief executives believe their organisations are living a hand-to-mouth existence.

And more than a quarter of small charities – the organisations and community groups which make up the vast majority of the third sector – are struggling to fend off closure, the findings reveal.

Some 472 charity chief executives were interviewed for the CAF survey – 112 of them in Scotland.

The findings come on top of statistics published last week by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, which showed many charities had gone into “survival mode” as they were failing to grow or extend their reach.

Rape Crisis Scotland – I just froze campaign

This campaign is launched ahead of the changes to judicial direction which come into force at the beginning of April.

http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/campaigns-projects/i-just-froze/

Funded by the Scottish Government and voiced by Daniela Nardini ‘I just froze’ is centred on two creative animations. The online campaign emphasises that freezing is a common and natural response to rape, challenging prevalent beliefs that ‘fight or flight’ are the only valid responses to trauma. In doing so, ‘I just froze’ defies the idea that people are always able to fight back or report rape straight away and helps people to understand why this might be. This understanding is vital to improving public attitudes and responses to survivors of sexual violence across Scotland.

Both animations were shown as shorts as part of International Women’s Day film show at the Phoenix Cinema on Wednesday this week.

Zelda Bradley, Support & Development Worker for Orkney Rape Crisis said,
“Orkney Rape Crisis welcome Rape Crisis Scotland’s new campaign ‘I Just Froze’. It’s central message – that there is no ‘right’ way to respond to rape is a vital one, and something that the public really needs to know. We regularly see survivors who tell us that they froze, and found themselves unable to move or fight back while someone was assaulting them. Survivors we see can find it very difficult to talk about what’s happened to them, even with people they are close to, so it can be difficult for them to get the support they need, or to report to the police. And this is something that will not change until there is a far greater public awareness that there are many different responses to rape, and all of them are completely natural and normal.”

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, commented:
“What’s really important about the I just froze campaign is that we are trying to change public perceptions and understanding of the full impact that a heinous crime like rape can have on the victim.

“When I’ve spoken with victims of these types of crime it is clear that each will react and respond in a different way and this is such a crucial campaign to educate us all about how survivors of rape can be better understood and supported to come forward, report their attack and get access to the help they deserve.”


Phil Gormley, Chief Constable of Police Scotland, said:
"Rape is a traumatic event and no two reports are ever the same, every single person will react and engage with us differently. We recognise this and that we need to tailor our policing response to the needs of each individual. Trauma and exposure to criminality affects everyone differently and understanding this is fundamental to how we investigate and support victims.

"The I Just Froze campaign is extremely important in increasing public understanding of how and why people might react to the trauma of rape. People should be reassured when they report, we do understand, we will listen and we will investigate, whether the offence occurred yesterday or decades ago. And working with partners like Rape Crisis, we will ensure the right support is available when it is needed.

James Wolffe, QC, Lord Advocate, said:
"There are myths about sexual offences, and it is our duty as prosecutors to challenge them.

"Justice can only be served when victims of crime have the confidence to come forward and to speak up. I want anyone who has been the victim of rape, or indeed of any sexual offence, to know that prosecutors understand the wide variety of natural responses of victims to such offences. No one who has been the victim of such a crime should be deterred from reporting it.

"We will continue, both inside and outside the courtroom, to seek to educate the public - who go on to constitute our juries - about the reality of sexual offending. I am pleased to provide my support to Rape Crisis in this important campaign."

Orkney Community Directory Update

VAO are currently producing an updated edition of the Orkney Community Directory. The Directory includes information on local services and groups and will be available both online and in print. We are keen to include as many local services and organisations as possible from both the statutory and third sectors. If you would like your group to be included in the Directory, please click here to give us your details. If you have any questions please contact Cecily Cromby on 01856 873937.

Electronic Monitoring in Scotland - A consultation on proposals for legislation

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposals for legislation to expand the use of electronic monitoring in Scotland.  This consultation sets out the legislative changes which propose to enable new uses for electronic monitoring and also introduce new technologies to support the delivery of community justice. 

For further information or to participate in the consultation, which closes on 19 May, please go to; https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/community-justice/electronic-monitoring-in-scotland

Please contact the Electronic Monitoring Unit if you would like any further information about the consultation.

Electronic Monitoring Unit | Community Justice Division | Scottish Government

e-mail: ElectronicMonitoringMailbox@gov.scot

PVG Review Survey

An opportunity for all organisations who are enrolled with Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Service to feedback.
 
It’s now five years since the launch of the PVG scheme and there are currently over one million members of the PVG scheme.
 
Disclosure Scotland are now undertaking a review of the PVG scheme to ensure that going forward it still provides the appropriate levels of protection. This review will look at how the scheme is currently running and what changes can be made to provide a better service and enhance the protection of children and protected adults.
 
To ensure that the review of the scheme is run properly and, crucially, they need to involve as many groups, organisations and people as possible. We are therefore sending the following link for all organisations enrolled with Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services to give you the opportunity to feedback directly to Disclosure Scotland on what areas you think are working well and what areas need improvement.
 
This is your opportunity to feed into the future direction of disclosure checking in Scotland as both an individual PVG scheme member and as an organisation that is working with children and/or protected adults.
 
If there are others within your group who are also involved in the PVG process then please forward the link onto them so that their views can also be gathered.
The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete.

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