The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) champions and strengthens the voluntary sector in England. NCVO recognises that climate change will affect all aspects of society. It believes that voluntary organisations have a crucial role to play in helping communities across the country to respond to the emerging challenges.
NCVO is working with a range of organisations to help them explore the impact that climate change could have on their work, and on the people they support. Its current programme (2011-2013) is targeting groups of organisations in different parts of the country whose beneficiaries may be particularly vulnerable to climate-related risks:
Each group of organisations is working together over several months to explore the implications of climate change for their work, and to identify appropriate responses. Participants:
Many voluntary organisations do not feel climate change has any relevance for their work, or expect the programme to help them reduce their carbon footprint. Although the need for carbon reduction is explored, the project has a strong focus on climate change adaptation. So in order to manage expectations it’s been important to be very clear about the purpose of the initiative. At times, it has been hard work persuading groups to sign up.
Conversely, the adaptation angle enables organisations to link climate change to their missions and to make a strategic response to the challenges it presents.
Find out more about the NCVO vulnerable people and climate change project.