20 Sep 2019
In December 2018 WCVA received funding from Welsh Government’s European Transition Fund to explore the possible impact of Brexit could be on third sector and communities across Wales.
The research, published today, seeks to identify what support is
needed to ensure that the third sector is resilient to deal with
any challenges and opportunities that Brexit may present.
The research has shown that the third sector believe that Brexit
will have a negative effect on the availability of services within
the communities they serve and that those who are most vulnerable
within those communities will be affected to the greatest
The Welsh Government's Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt
'The Third Sector in Wales provides a wide range of services to
some of Wales' most vulnerable people and communities. We hear from
the world of business about the impact that the uncertainty created
by Brexit will have on them, but this is also true for the Third
Sector. It influences their ability to plan, to budget and to
recruit and retain staff.
'As a responsible government our Brexit planning is intensifying
and we will continue to plan for all possible outcomes, despite the
current backdrop of uncertainty.
'This is why we will be supporting the Wales Council for
Voluntary Action, through our £50M European Transition Funding, to
develop a bi-lingual online portal to support Third Sector
WCVA's Deputy Chief Executive, Phil Fiander commented 'The
research provides clear evidence that while the focus of Brexit
planning is on business, the effects on the third sector and
communities cannot be underestimated. This commitment to support
the sector in facing these challenges is both timely and
WCVA is now embarking on a on a package of work to address some
of the recommendations from the research, and further explore
specific issues such as
- Understanding more about the impact of the Brexit process on
micro-scale third sector organisations in Wales
- Understanding how Brexit will affect Wales' rural
Additional funding has been provided from the European
Transition Fund to support WCVA and TSSW to develop a new online
portal. The portal will support the sector in building their
capacity and help organisations plan for a sustainable
The research report, which was completed by Resources for
Change, and executive summary with recommendations can be found here and here.