Future 'precarious' for many family charities

Many small organisations that work with children, young people and families are facing a precarious future and possible closure despite government support, according to research published today by the National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations.

The Under the Radar report, which draws on responses to a survey of more than 100 small voluntary children’s organisations, says that almost 50 per cent saw their funding from government reduced in the past year and 10 per cent are closing or under threat of closure. Ninety per cent highlight a need for more financial management support and training.

The report, which is part of NCVCCO’s Supporting Small Organisations Project, calls for more dependable funding from local authorities and the national government, more provision for training and support and for the Government to keep track of how its third sector policies influence small charities.

“If the Government is serious about giving all children the best start in life, it needs to address this worrying situation and do more to provide long-term funding and support for smaller organisations, many of which work with some of the hardest-to-reach and most vulnerable children,” said Joe Levenson, director of policy and communications at the NCVCCO. “The Government is to be commended for recently allocating £130m in grant funding for smaller organisations, but there is a danger this may be too little and too late for some children’s charities.”

The report comes closely after the launch in January of the Government’s Grassroots Grants programme, which will deliver £130m in grants to England’s smallest charities and endowments to local funders between 2008 and 2011.

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