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Seven Million Expect to Seek Charity Support In The Next Year Due To Pandemic

National Emergencies Trust announces funds for charity helplines playing vital role

One in eight people living in the UK – equivalent to seven million people – expect to seek support from a charity or voluntary body in the next 12 months as a direct result of challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. The research released today by the National Emergencies Trust (NET) reveals that for three in five of these people (61%), it will be the first time they have ever sought charitable support.

The research, conducted by Opinium, suggests that demand on the third sector is set to continue as the economic impacts of the pandemic come to the fore. Getting help with living arrangements due to financial reasons (58%) and employment support and training due to job loss (51%) are the most common reasons that people expecting to need outside help will seek charitable assistance. More than one in three (38%) anticipate they’ll need help accessing food due to changes in financial circumstances.

The health and wellbeing impacts of the pandemic also continue to cause concern. Just over half (51%) of those who anticipate seeking external support expect to ask for charitable help with nursing and personal care, 44% with caring responsibilities and 35% with support for their own mental wellbeing.