Volunteer Centre Hounslow to close in March after council cuts funding

The centre, which has operated in the London borough since 1977, lost the local authority contract to provide volunteering services

Volunteer Centre Hounslow
Volunteer Centre Hounslow

The volunteer centre in Hounslow, west London, has announced that it is to close with the loss of four jobs after losing funding from its local authority.

Volunteer Centre Hounslow, which has been operating in the London borough since 1977, said it would close in March after it lost a contract with Hounslow Council to provide volunteering services in the borough. The contract has gone instead to a national organisation, which has not yet been named.

The charity, which made a loss of almost £54,000 on an income of £132,265 in the year to the end of March 2014, received £57,000 of core funding from the council in the same year.

It has three full-time employees and one who works part-time, all of whom will be made redundant when the centre closes in March.

Its work includes recruiting and placing volunteers in voluntary and statutory organisations and providing training on aspects of volunteering including marketing, good practice and strategic development.

A statement on the charity’s website from Lizzie Saunders, its chair, says: "The trustees of Volunteer Centre Hounslow regret to announce that the volunteer centre will close on 16 March 2015 following the loss of the contract to provide volunteering services in the borough to a national organisation with greater resources.

"The volunteer centre will continue to provide services to individuals who wish to volunteer; however, no new opportunities or organisations will be registered until the new organisation takes up the contract on 1 April 2015."

Clare Nazerali, marketing and brokerage officer at Volunteer Centre Hounslow, said: "Clearly we are disappointed, but we are hopeful that the new contractor will provide a positive service for volunteers in Hounslow."

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