Mind The Gap - A review of the voluntary sector response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy

30/05 - A review of the voluntary sector response to the Grenfell Tower Fire, commissioned by Muslim Aid with the Al Manaar Centre was launched today highlighting the critical role played by the voluntary sector in response to the Grenfell disaster.
The report found that many voluntary organisations, however ill-prepared, stepped up to the challenge of meeting the needs of the affected community. It has made nine key recommendations: 
  • Drawing on local capacities
  • Context matters
  • Building partnerships
  • The added value of faith-based organisations
  • Strengthening coordination
  • Investing long-term
  • Developing effective funding mechanisms
  • Enhancing preparedness
This report rightly highlights the vital role that local community organisations played in the aftermath of the fire. We support the report's view that the importance of the voluntary and community sector needs to be acknowledged and promoted as part of emergency planning at a local and national level.
There will be lots of learning in the aftermath of the fire, and we have released The possible, not the perfect: Learning from funder responses to emergencies, with recommendations that align with 'Mind the Gap' on developing effective funding mechanisms and encouraging long term investment into the voluntary and community sector. 
We look forward to working with Muslim Aid and others to ensure learning is captured, and that recommendations are acted on. 
There are also other reports that have been published examining the role of the voluntary sector/volunteers in the aftermath of the fire: