Henshaws contribute to ‘No Going Back’ COVID-19 report

Leaders of Manchester-based charities, including Henshaws, have shared their experiences of the COVID-19 crisis and their thoughts for the future in a new report produced by Macc, Manchester’s local voluntary and community sector support organisation.
Titled 'No Going Back' the report brings together the experiences of 22 local voluntary sector leaders who shine a light on the critical role that the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector has played during the response to the pandemic. As well as reflecting on the lessons learned during the crisis, the leaders make the case for change going forward and highlight the unique opportunity society has to make things better in the future.

Charity report on response to COVID-19

Over the last few months, Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations have responded amazingly to the COVID-19 crisis. They have re-made services so people can stay connected and supported during lockdown, worked to ensure nobody is left without access to food, shelter, care, well-being
support, mental health support, and creative activities, and support around pre-existing matters too.

The ‘No Going Back’ report highlights the determination, passion and wealth of policy ideas from the voluntary sector across Greater Manchester, and it is hoped that it will influence key decision-makers and commissioners as they respond and shape policies in the post-COVID landscape.

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"We did it before with Spanish Flu!"

The article included in the report from Henshaws was written by Helen Doyle, our Evidence and Impact Analyst and Robert Cooper, our Director of Community Services. The article discusses how our charity supported blind and partially sighted people through two world wars and two deadly global pandemics – the Spanish Flu in 1918 and now COVID-19 in 2020.

We realised that our service users were going to be particularly vulnerable in lockdown as many are older, live alone and have other health conditions and
disabilities.  Our article covers how we went about putting in a robust system to offer them support when it was needed most.

We are proud of the way we have been able to respond to this crisis and believe that without the support of the third sector, blind and partially sighted people in
our community could have fared much worse. We responded in the only way we know – as the agile and responsive partner to our health and social care organisations – we mobilised our staff and volunteers and ensured the people we know and support were not forgotten in their hour of need as indeed we did in 1918.

You can read the full report here – No Going Back

If you’d like to discuss our article with us, please get in touch on 0300 222 5555 or email info@henshaws.org.uk

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