Economic crisis sees funding and donations dry up

CHARITIES in North and East Yorkshire are laying off staff and struggling for funding as donations and grants dry up in the harsh economic climate.

Organisations of all sizes say they face a weekly battle for money as figures revealed that donations to charities across the UK have fallen by 20 per cent in the past year.

Mental Health charity York Mind revealed it recently had to lay off part-time and full-time staff members because of the crisis in funding.

Operations manager Peter Gorbet said: “We recently had to do a restructure and have had to make three members of staff redundant.

“We had forecasts of £100,000 income this year but we have really had to have that forecast rolled right back. There are a lot of things we have had to put off this year.”

He said: “In the past, one of our main income streams has been through grants, but we have only had a fraction of what we would have had in the past.”

The situation was echoed at York Older Citizen’s Advocacy, where service manager Linda Tester said donations from individuals had suffered as well as grants.

Smaller charities are also being hard hit, according to Marlene Haste, of animal welfare charity Caring For Cats, in Market Weighton.

She said: “We have kind people who donate monthly to us but we also have to raise money through events and collection tins on shop counters too.

“It’s a fight every month and we are down this year. I have been here 12 years and the amount of animals we are getting is going up too. We are finding kittens in bags and it’s getting worse. People can’t afford to look after them or pay for vaccinations.”

The report by the Charities Aid Foundation and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations found the amount donated to charities nationally fell from £11bn to £9.3bn in 2011/12.

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9:32am Wed 14 Nov 12

groble says...

I think it's very important to support these local charities that provide vital services to the people of York.

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I think it's very important to support these local charities that provide vital services to the people of York. You can support York Mind by donating here: http://www.justgivin g.com/yorkmind/donat e/?utm_source=websit e&utm_medium=buttons &utm_content=yorkmin d&utm_campaign=Donat e_JG_White_Large groble

11:37am Wed 14 Nov 12

meme says...

Its a fact of life
Times are hard and people look after themsleves first
we all now have to cut our cloth accordingly...may be unfair and tough but if the money is not there it cannot materialise out of fresh air
Its a fact of life Times are hard and people look after themsleves first we all now have to cut our cloth accordingly...may be unfair and tough but if the money is not there it cannot materialise out of fresh air meme

11:45am Wed 14 Nov 12

atorycouncil2014 says...

meme wrote:
Its a fact of life
Times are hard and people look after themsleves first
we all now have to cut our cloth accordingly...may be unfair and tough but if the money is not there it cannot materialise out of fresh air
Short sighted view. If charities such as this go under then the work that they do must be picked up by others, namely the council health service etc. So in the end we pay anyway through taxes.

It is imperative these organisations who can deliver things much cheaper by using volunteers are supported to continue so the work doesnt have to be picked up by paid public sector staff
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Its a fact of life Times are hard and people look after themsleves first we all now have to cut our cloth accordingly...may be unfair and tough but if the money is not there it cannot materialise out of fresh air[/p][/quote]Short sighted view. If charities such as this go under then the work that they do must be picked up by others, namely the council health service etc. So in the end we pay anyway through taxes. It is imperative these organisations who can deliver things much cheaper by using volunteers are supported to continue so the work doesnt have to be picked up by paid public sector staff atorycouncil2014

2:14pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Even AndyD says...

meme wrote:
Its a fact of life
Times are hard and people look after themsleves first
we all now have to cut our cloth accordingly...may be unfair and tough but if the money is not there it cannot materialise out of fresh air
Short sighted. York Mind rescue people who may well otherwise end up in one of our hospitals (mental or general). They also aid people back into work. So as well as providing a much needed service (have you seen the figures on mental illness lately?) they also actually save the government money. Remember also that the are assisted by a team of volunteers - so their service is surely pretty cost effective. So much for the 'Big Society'.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Its a fact of life Times are hard and people look after themsleves first we all now have to cut our cloth accordingly...may be unfair and tough but if the money is not there it cannot materialise out of fresh air[/p][/quote]Short sighted. York Mind rescue people who may well otherwise end up in one of our hospitals (mental or general). They also aid people back into work. So as well as providing a much needed service (have you seen the figures on mental illness lately?) they also actually save the government money. Remember also that the are assisted by a team of volunteers - so their service is surely pretty cost effective. So much for the 'Big Society'. Even AndyD

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