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Poppy Taylor

Principal Consultant
Poppy@dmjcosec.com
020 3058 8005

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Poppy joined DMJ in April 2019 as a researcher and has used her talent and initiative to climb her way to a senior consultant position on DMJ’s Governance recruitment team. Poppy is a woman of the people and has therefore chosen to focus her attention on the Not-For-Profit, the NHS, Education, Insurance, Banking and Construction sectors. 

Poppy is an active morning person who very much enjoys being outdoors – whether its cycling, kayaking or just walking the dog, she’s excited to be in the fresh air.  

Her approach is to provide long-term and consultative support to both clients and candidates, offering them market updates and honest career advice to make the best decisions for themselves or their teams.

“Poppy helped me find the exact and niche role I was after, which sets her apart from many other recruiters. She is professional and is very willing to help. I would not hesitate to get in touch with her again regarding any future opportunities and I would similarly not hesitate to recommend her to other potential candidates. Thanks again Poppy!” 

Company Secretarial Professional – Global Law Firm 

With energy prices increasing monthly, a possible recession looming and inflation significantly impacting food shop costs, ONS has found that almost 80% of adults in the UK reported feeling extremely worried about the rising costs of living.

With this in mind, households are saving money and giving less to charities. The changes have been catastrophic, and donations are dropping below pre pandemic levels. Reduction in direct debits and one-off payments has dropped dramatically as food and bills take up the majority of household spending.

As costs rise, the charitable sector finds itself in a downward spiral - more and more households need support but the charities they might rely on are also facing support issues. These charities feel the strain under normal donation levels, a strain that has been magnified by the current crunch.  

Specifically, Foodbanks are under intense pressure. The number of households who need their services increased dramatically throughout the pandemic and haven’t returned to pre-pandemic levels. They are seeing another increase in people requiring their help and are experiencing higher running costs.

The cost crisis can also affect recruitment, hiring and retaining good staff in an industry which already struggles to match the salaries and benefits in the private sector at a time when quality, dedicated individuals are needed more than ever.

What can be done to help?

The new UK leaders have a monumental task on their hands and protecting those most vulnerable and assisting charities should be a high priority. For example, Charities aren’t currently eligible for the government heating price cap as they are not households. As heating costs continue to rise, the strain will be ratcheted up, adding further pressure. Charitable struggles, unfortunately, were overlooked in the new mini budget which offered increased support to personal, corporate and religious entity taxes, but none for charity. Other avenues of government support include offering grants or zero-interest loans to struggling charities and putting together campaigns to raise public awareness of the struggles the sector is currently facing.

Assuming that little can be done to increase public donations during this difficult period, how can we, as individuals, make a difference? If additional financial support isn’t possible, offering time is a viable solution. Giving charities the opportunity to lower staffing costs through volunteering can certainly help and they need your support now more than ever. I work closely with many charities across the market, if you’re interested in giving your time to help, please contact me directly at poppy@dmjcosec.com.

There are options to offer support to the Not-for-Profit sector however, large sweeping changes are difficult to implement. For the time-being, small consistent changes are needed to keep this sector afloat in the interim while planning for larger reform across the industry.

Posted 04/10/2022 By Poppy Taylor

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Poppy Taylor

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