Scheme Manager's Update
Welcome to the spring newsletter - and congratulations to our 16 new volunteers who recently finished their training. Also, a HUGE thank you to:
- All 77 wonderful volunteers who supported 242 vulnerable families from April 15 to the end March 16
- The fabulous Jacques for supporting parents and disabled children at the Music Therapy Group for over two years now and the marvellous Sue who has been helping in the office since the new year. Both have been so reliable and a delight to work with.
As you know by now, our funding from East Sussex County Council to enable us to home-visit vulnerable families ended in March. As we did not receive any transitional funding, we continue our home-visiting support using reserves, while simultaneously seeking alternative sources of income.
Our priority is to reduce expenditure and secure funds from other sources to enable our support to vulnerable families to continue for the longer term. In order to maintain the organisation in this financial context, from 1st April we:
• Reduced our Family & Volunteer Coordinator staff from three to two so reluctantly said goodbye to Mel. Marion is supporting families, referrers and volunteers living in Wealden, Rother, Hastings and Bexhill areas. Sarah is supporting families, referrers and volunteers living in Lewes, Havens, Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford areas.
• Scaled down our provision by approx. 20%, working with fewer families who live in places accessible to our 73 volunteers
• Put volunteer recruitment on hold until we have more secure funding
. Stopped running our Music Therapy Group in Uckfield for the time being
We are taking a two-pronged approach to fundraising. This is because in order to secure significant multiyear funding, the process can take a good part of a year from initial application submission. Therefore we need to secure the approx. £60,000 needed above our unrestricted reserves to remain buoyant in the short term. We have already secured nearly £30,000 which is good news. Thank you to Wealden District Council who have been particularly supportive.
Along with a Survey Monkey that you will have received, Marion has been carrying out a consultation with stakeholders to evidence need for a future targeted home visiting service. This is a mandatory part of significant long term funding applications.
In September we will review our financial situation to establish whether more stringent measures need to be taken but until then I will do everything I can to secure a minimum of £30,000 to keep the service running this year.
Thank you to staff, volunteers and trustees for their continued commitment during these uncertain times.
For more information contact email@example.com or 01273 612025
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