Great Yarmouth has a vibrant voluntary and community sector, which has a track record of partnership working and delivering services through consortia agreements. Despite this, and similar to the national picture, the sector has struggled to cope with a rapidly changing funding environment, and this has been particularly noticeable amongst medium-sized organisations.
A recent survey of more than 80 VCSE organisations and community groups operating in Great Yarmouth, found that 60% were using their reserves to maintain service levels. Amongst 80% of groups demand for their services has increased, whilst at the same time, a quarter of services were unsure if their service would survive into the next financial year. However the survey responses showed that more organisations are working together, but there is confusion about how best to support people with multiple and complex needs resulting in costly duplication.