Glasgow charity leaders warn of a shortage of donations and no savings

In an interview with Radio Clyde News, GCVS Chief Exec, Ian Bruce shared his concerns for local charities who are struggling with the current cost of living crisis. Read the full article here or below:

Glasgow charity bosses warn they are running out of money (planetradio.co.uk)

A number of third sector groups across the Central Belt are worried they could have just months to find money to survive.

Charity leaders across Glasgow and the West are warning they do not have any savings and people are donating less because of the cost-of-living crisis.

A number of third sector organisations such as Heart of Scotstoun and the baby loss group SIMBA have claimed they have just months to find more cash to keep going.

 

“Money will continue to be harder to get as people tighten their belts”

Ian Bruce from Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) works with third sector groups around the city and claims many are grappling for more funding.  He told Clyde 1:

“Councils have less money than they used to and there is less public sector funding around at the moment and it could take years to recover.

“Organisations are also telling us that they are not getting as many donations as they did a few years ago because people have less disposable income.

“That money will continue to be harder to get as people tighten their belts.”

 

Jillian Thompson volunteers at Baby Bank Scotland based in Hamilton which supports new families across Lanarkshire with clothes, toys and essentials.

The small team is currently on the search for a new building after their current premises was flooded in December, but she claims costs are through the roof.

“We are trying to stay in Hamilton and we would love to remain here because we are established in the community. The space we are in just now is about 4,000 sq. feet. However, the biggest obstacle is trying to afford a new building – anything that looks like it is in our budget does not have heating. That does not work for us because it would cause dampness and damage our stock.

 

“On the flip side of the coin, other premises which are in better condition tend to be in the region of around £25,000 a year – trying to find that sum of money is really hard for a small charity like us.”

 

Baby loss organisation SIMBA has been running for more than 17 years helping parents cope with bereavement and bosses there warn they could have just 3 months left.

Rhianna Keenan and her partner Jordan from Greenock were supported when they lost their baby girl Romy last year.

She told Clyde 1:

“The help from this wonderful team comforted us and took away some of the fear.

“They made sure that we had a couple of days to make some memories with our baby girl when she arrived.

“It made our wee baby a little person – we got precious time with her and that will stay with us forever.

 

“I can’t imagine that being taken away from other families going through the same.”

 

Read more on this: Radio Scotland Interview on Third Sector Funding (gcvs.org.uk)

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