Local umbrella body Navca is to cut almost half its workforce over the next six months in response to expected funding cuts of about 50 per cent.
The organisation will reduce its staffing from 38 to about 20, according to chief executive Kevin Curley. He said that the organisation's income in 2011 was likely to be £1.5m – down from £3m in 2010.
Kevin Curley, chief executive of Navca, said he was confident it would remain a strategic partner of several government departments. It receives funding as a strategic partner of the Office for Civil Society, the Department of Health, the Department of Education and the Ministry of Justice.
"Navca in 2011 will be a smaller charity, but will remain a strong advocate for local voluntary action," said Curley.