Trussell Trust teams ‘creaking at the seams’ as need exceeds pandemic levels, says CEO

The Trussell Trust has seen greater need for its services this year than in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, its chief executive has said.

Speaking at Fundraising Live today, Emma Revie said the charity was struggling to support the wellbeing of its staff and volunteers, who were “creaking at the seams” during the period of increased need.

Revie said the charity also faced a fundraising messaging challenge as it aimed to reduce need for its services long-term but required money to support a spike in need in the near term.

‘More food parcels than during pandemic’

As part of a panel discussion, Revie said her charity has seen an “almost doubling of the number of people coming to the banks” in the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

“And we we’ve had to respond to that,” she said. “We ended that year, having provided just over 2.5 million emergency food parcels.”

But Revie said the Trussell Trust has seen even greater need for its services this year. Read more here.