Charities report no damage from continuing urban disturbances

Fresh violence in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Liverpool appears to have left charities unscathed, while community leaders in Hackney discuss their response to the troubles

Riots in Liverpool
Riots in Liverpool

Charities appear to have emerged largely unscathed from last night’s rioting and have begun to formulate plans on how to prevent the disturbances from happening again.

A spokeswoman for BVSC, the centre for voluntary action in Birmingham, said she was so far unaware of any voluntary organisations that had been seriously affected by the riots in the city.

Birmingham Playcare Network, which runs open-access play schemes, could not run one of its services yesterday because it was due to take place in a park close to the scene of a fire caused by the disturbances.

Ian Darch, chief executive of Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council, said he had so far not heard of any damage to charity premises.

Darch said the sector had a big role to play in deterring young people from rioting.

In Liverpool, community groups organised patrols to disperse riots that took place last night.

Alan Lewis, chief executive of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services, said: "Some local community organisations displaced some of the activity from around the core area."

In Hackney, east London, the scene of fires and looting on Monday evening, the local CVS held a meeting of 60 community leaders, faith leaders, young people and front-line charity staff yesterday to discuss the troubles.

A Hackney CVS spokeswoman said: "A number of people remarked that they felt young people were disenfranchised and their voices neglected, which drove people to express themselves through acts of violence.

"People felt strongly that there needed to be further discussion about developing immediate and long-term solutions. There should be more conversations with communities, especially the young people involved in the disorder."

She said the CVS would host another meeting with front-line charity workers today to put together plans to rebuild community relations.

A spokeswoman for the youth volunteering charity v said it had used Facebook and Twitter to encourage young people to take part in clean-up events in their local areas, and to show them how to do so.

A British Red Cross spokeswoman said the charity had volunteers on stand-by in case they were needed. She said the charity, which supports emergency services during crises, was monitoring the situation.

Third Sector reported yesterday that several charities in London had offices and shops damaged by fire and looting during the riots.

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