Responding to the many challenges facing the breadth of charities, voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises, Labour’s Shadow Minister will hold weekly surgeries with organisations in the sector starting on Tuesday 28 April 2020. To book an appointment please email:

The surgeries will create opportunities for organisations to share their experiences of the current crisis and how they will need support to continue to provide services to their communities.

Over 20 million1 people dedicate time to volunteer each year, they are the glue that hold our society together. Each volunteer is supported by one of 168,0002 different organisations without the right support many charities fear that they will not be able to survive the current crisis.

It is estimated that this 12 week period will cost the sector £4.3bn3 The Government have so far announced £750m4, of which most will go towards providing additional services at this time. Many organisations are not eligible for the Government’s financial packages and are therefore looking to Government for financial support to underpin their organisations through the lockdown period and beyond. As the same time, most organisations will not be able to participate in their normal fundraising activities, of which this season is often the most prominent for them.

Rachael Maskell said:

“No matter how large or small, all charities are facing serious challenges at this time. I want to create an opportunity for organisations across the sector to talk through the challenges that confront them, how they require support from Government and wider society and their long term aspirations, and champion their work in Parliament.”