Voluntary Action Wakefield AGM

The Voluntary Sector have also been going through tough times. At the Annual General Meeting of Voluntary Action Wakefield I heard case after case of great local charities, doing great work to support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, but struggling as funding disappears. I’ve long argued that the voluntary sector is vital to our economy, locally and nationally. Charities are great at providing preventative services which can prevent problems becoming acute and save money in the long run. They are often really innovative because they can try new things on a small scale. And they provide loads of specialist services that make a massive difference to people having a tough time. If your child has a disability; the specialist charities can be an essential part of your life. If your relative has an ongoing medical condition, support groups might be your only lifeline. But government cuts, going too far and too fast are disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable I really hope that when the economy finally turns the corner there’ll still be enough charities still around to kick-start our recovery.

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Posted October 7th, 2011 by Ed

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