The Road Ahead 2021

NCVO’s annual Road Ahead report take on the key trends, opportunities and challenges likely to impact your organisation in the coming year.

To help get a feel for the thinking behind their predictions before you start to explore, you can read the latest post by Sarah Vibert – Director of Membership and Engagement below:
Looking at the Road Ahead after a turbulent year – my reflections on what we’ve learned in 2020, and what that means for us as a sector moving forward.

The Road Ahead 2021

The Road Ahead report is our annual analysis of the changing operating environment for anyone working in the voluntary sector.

It identifies and explains forces and trends that are shaping the sector and are likely to have an impact on organisations in the future.

It covers these six themes:
Political | Economic | Social | Technological | Environmental | Legal

Leading Charities Make Joint Budget Submission

Just before Christmas we learned that the government will announce its next Budget on 3 March. In response, we came together with the other charities that support the #NeverMoreNeeded campaign to get a submission drafted and sent to the Treasury.

Based on the campaign’s ‘five point plan’, the submission outlines the ongoing effects of the pandemic and lockdown on vital charity services and proposes constructive solutions that government could bring in to help. It also calls for:

‘a renewed package of dedicated support measures…to support communities and their role in the social and economic recovery. It is crucial that the mechanism for delivery of this money should be as unbureaucratic as possible, to ensure that the funds are received swiftly by the recipients, so they can most effectively and quickly provide support for those most in need.’

The submission was supported by 28 leading charities and representative bodies, and you can read the full paper here.

Mental Health Organisations

Mental Heath is a big problem for many right now. Please click on the link for a useful list of  Mental Health Organisations

New Episode of Carers Network’s Podcast & Referral Link

The fourth episode of Carers Network’s new podcast series is live and available to stream and download here:

In this episode, Carers Network’s Services Manager Sandie Roberts talks to Sharon Hammond, Project Manager for Working For Carers at Camden Carers.

Working For Carers supports unpaid carers and former carers in London, who are aged 25 or over, to move closer to employment. Carers can access free support, which is tailored to meet individual needs.

They discuss how the project helps to support local unpaid carers along with the impact the pandemic has had on employment opportunities and how they deliver their services.

Other episodes in the podcast series can be accessed here.

Refer to Carers Network securely online:

Refer any unpaid carers you are working with who are over 18 and looking after an adult here

Youth Workers Recognised as Key Workers

It has been confirmed that Youth Workers with NYA qualifications (or training towards) are now formally recognised as key/ critical workers.

Click here to read NYA Readiness Guidance.

Click here to read Key Worker Letter.

Increasing Data Allowances on Mobile Devices to Support Disadvantaged Children

This Government scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is so that children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted.

Who can get help
Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases for children and young people who:
• do not have fixed broadband at home
• cannot afford additional data for their devices
• are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education

Children with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit:
Virgin Mobile
Tesco Mobile
Sky Mobile
Other providers may join the scheme at a later stage.

When help is available
Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases when schools report a closure or have pupils self-isolating. Schools, trusts and local authorities need to submit mobile information through the Government online service. Click here for instructions on submission

How to use an Xbox or PlayStation for Online Learning
Click here for guide

LawWorks: Covid-19 Resources for Small Charities

LawWorks have created a page containing Covid-19 specific guidance for small not-for-profit organisations who are looking for financial advice during the pandemic: click here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for the Charity Sector

Government guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus outbreak: click here

Evaluation of the Maternity Champions Programme

Analysis by Envoy Partnership of the Maternity Champions programme which runs across Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham: click here

Carers Network FREE Online & Telephone Activity Group

During the current lockdown Carers Network is continuing to run a busy programme of free online and telephone activity groups for local unpaid carers. These include new weekly telephone groups on food discussion, creative writing and poetry appreciation. Carers who do not have access to a computer or reliable broadband – or who are just put off from joining online Zoom sessions can call in and enjoy these activities.

Other online carer groups returning this year on Zoom also include Yoga, Art Classes and Mindfulness – whilst we will also be delivering Pilates, Photography, Zumba and Group Exercise sessions. All these free groups are a great way for local unpaid carers to relax, try new activities, catch up with fellow carers and have a break from their demanding caring role.

The full calendar of activities is here:

Carers can sign up to receive links and codes by emailing

As well as all the activity groups, Carers Network’s team of Caseworkers are carrying out Carer’s Assessments and consultations by phone. The Information Advice and Guidance team can also be contact Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm on 020 8960 3033 or by emailing

To refer a carer securely to Carers Network online please visit:

Alternatively, please call 020 8960 3033 or email