Jun 15, 2021
In this episode we talk to Jo Kerr and Sonya Ruparel, from UK
charity Turn2Us, about poverty, participation and the impact of the
Impact of Covid Pandemic
- How has the Covid 19 pandemic affected Turn 2 Us, and the
people and communities the charity serves?
- What are the biggest challenges for the organisation over the
coming months and longer-term post-pandemic?
- Has the necessity to adapt due to the pandemic accelerated
Turn2Us’s digital adoption or transformation at all? If so,
- How important is the collection and use of data to the
charity’s work? How is a focus on data incorporated into the
- To what extent is digital transformation about employment
practices rather than technology? (E.g. flexible/remote working,
making charity work more appealing than private or public sector).
Has the pandemic presented an opportunity in this regard?
- How might the charity workplace change over the next decade or
- What are the major barriers to the charity sector when it comes
to engaging with and making use of technology?
- What, for Turn 2 Us, are the key areas of focus when it comes
to tackling poverty?
- How have issues of poverty changed during the pandemic?
- Do particular communities or geographic localities face
particular challenges when it comes to the impacts of poverty? How
do you combine the specificity to address these particular
challenges with the generality required to work at scale?
Role of charities
- What is the core role of civil society which differentiates it
from either state or market provision?
- A lot of the work of Turn 2 Us is about helping people to
understand and claim rights and benefits provided by the state- so
is it more about “justice” than “charity”?
- How should we view the balance between addressing the symptoms
of poverty through direct services and addressing its causes
through advocating for fundamental systemic reform?
Participation & Power
- Turn 2 Us’s approach is rooted in ideas of co-production and
empowering those in need to determine their own solutions. Why is
this so important?
- What should we make of approaches such as participatory
grantmaking, which seek to shift power as well as money towards
recipients? Will we see more of this in coming years?
- Has the Covid pandemic highlighted the importance of strong
civil society infrastructure?
- What are the key elements of this infrastructure?
- How do we ensure that infrastructure is fit for the challenges
of the future?