WRC surveyed women's organisations across the UK about the ongoing effects of the pandemic on their service users and their organisations. This follows on from our previous survey that we conducted near the start of the pandemic (published last June).

Back then, organisations were adjusting to new ways of working (online/from home/according to new health regulations) and they were very worried - about their future sustainability, as well as the impacts on women and girls, who were bearing the brunt of the crisis.

One year on, we wanted to know how they had fared, and the implications of the new social reality on their finances, as well as demand for their services and emerging needs.

Complex needs, (worsening severity and prevalence of) mental health, poverty and violence all feature strongly. Emergency funding was a lifeline to many organisations, which saw most of them at least 'partly' able to meet the increased demand they faced for their services. But these are longer-term issues that are grounded in structural disadvantage, so are not easy to solve. The sector needs continued funding to cope with these challenges. 

The sector pulled thousands of women and girls through this crisis. We deserve to be valued for the work that we do. We are calling for structural change and a long-term funding settlement for the women's sector!