Local charities are close to a tipping point
10 May, 2019
• THE urgent challenges experienced by Kentish Town City Farm’s staff, volunteers and trustees are indicative of the situation that many local charities find themselves in, (‘Death spiral’ warning for Kentish Town City Farm, May 2).
For the last few years local charities have had to make difficult decisions about how to best use their depleted resources to provide the best service we can to Camden’s residents.
As the umbrella organisation that supports, develops and promotes Camden’s charities, Voluntary Action Camden has witnessed first-hand the serious impact on the breadth and depth of services for residents, particularly young people, as opening hours reduce, offices are closed and services and amenities are eroded.
The impact of austerity, rising rents and fierce competition for grants means many of Camden’s community organisations have had to make tough choices.
The experience of VAC is that we may be reaching a tipping point where several of Camden’s cherished charities may be pushed over the edge, further reducing the services that many of our residents rely upon.
VAC is working hard with partners to support our members and other charities to find a way through these difficult circumstances to maintain the essential services we provide that make the lives of Camden’s residents better.
We wholeheartedly support Camden Council’s vision for Camden 2025 (“a safe, fair, creative and active community”), as a shared endeavour, reflecting our own aspirations for the borough. The financial challenge faced by many of us in realising that vision cannot be underestimated.
JULIE CHRISTIE WEBB
Interim Executive Director
Voluntary Action Camden