SAVS carried out a survey earlier this year to ask our members how things were for them. We asked about their income, demand, issues they were facing and what they had achieved. The full survey can be found at http://www.savs-southend.org/sites/ default/files/files/State_of_sector_2016.pdf or downloaded below.
Here are some of the highlights...
The survey was sent to 360 members and 41 completed responses were received. The data is based on the 2014/15 financial year.
Total income for the 41 was £15.8 million of which £5.6 million was raised from outside Southend; Southend Council grants and contracts accounted for one third of income.
The CCG accounted for just 2% of income. Income fell by 8% from the previous year. 35% reported falling income and one third had insufficient income to cover their costs.
All but one met the funding gap from reserves.
One third reported an increase in demand for services of approximately 30%.
A key cause for concern is the rise in the complexity of people seeking help.
This has a major impact on staff, volunteers, training, supervision and time that needed to be spent with clients.
If the current trend continues the sector will not be able to meet additional demand for services.
The 41 respondents employed 657 full time equivalent paid staff.
Volunteers contributed 205,000 hours of volunteering – an economic value of £2.5 million.
Commissioners are reducing funding and expecting more collaboration which in itself incurs a mangement cost.
Funding for key work is being cut.
The Sector would welcome a co-proction apporach to planning new services or changing existing services.
This report has been shared with the Southend Health & Wellbeing Board and senior leaders in Southend.