Durham CVS to close next month unless it finds funding

Loss of council money has severely affected the organisation, but members have promised to "put up a fight" as they seek urgent income

Durham City District Council for Voluntary Service
Durham City District Council for Voluntary Service

Durham City District Council for Voluntary Service will close next month if it is unable to find further funding, the chair of its management committee has warned.

Jean Foulds said an emergency general meeting last night decided that the organisation would close on 7 June if it could not find additional funding.

The CVS, which has already been forced to close its volunteer bureau in the past month because of a lack of funding, employs three staff, two full time and one part time.

In the past the CVS, which had an income of £244,355 in 2011/12, received "quite substantial" funding from Durham County Council, said Foulds, but it did not receive any funding from the council for 2013/14 because of cuts. "We’re not for one minute blaming the council," she said.

Other than council funding, Foulds said that in the past the CVS, which has more than 200 charity and voluntary organisation members, had sourced funding "wherever we can find it".

"Our problem is that you can get money for projects but not for core work," she said. "We have a very successful track record for getting funding for our members, but we can’t get funding ourselves."

Foulds said the organisation was now working on ways of finding more funding so that the organisation could continue. "Although the members agreed to the proposal to close, they are prepared to put up a fight," she said.

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