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Devon County Council gives its support to valued local charity

People gathered for a photograph outside Age Concern's Barnstaple's offices.

Posted on: 9 August 2019

Devon County Council has given Age Concern Barnstaple and District £25,000 to help the charity stay afloat.

The charity, which provides support to vulnerable adults in Barnstaple and surrounding areas, has been in discussions with the county council about its plans to become more financially sustainable in future.

It has long relied on regular funding from the county council and others, as well as public fund raising. But as some funding sources have dried up in recent years, the charity’s finances became increasingly stretched and they have faced closure twice in the last 18 months.

The charity’s Director, Andrea Scott, invited the council’s Cabinet Member for adult social care, Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, and Council Leader, Councillor John Hart, to Barnstaple to see first-hand the positive difference that the charity is making to local people’s lives.

The council has now written to them to confirm funding for this year.

Cllr Leadbetter“We recognise the effort that has been made by you and your trustees, and highly value the work you do,” said Cllr Leadbetter.  “We want to support that work.

“We also recognise that you have started to develop a business plan to demonstrate how the charity can move from being reliant on grant income, to becoming more financially sustainable in future. We will continue to work with the charity while they complete their plans.”

The funding secures the charity’s future in the town for the immediate future.

Charity Director Andrea Scott said:

“On behalf of the Trustees and Volunteers, I thank Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Andrew Leadbetter and Council Leader, Councillor John Hart, for the financial support and in this, the opportunity to enable the Charity to push forward to achieve their goal, in realising financial stability in order to secure the future of Age Concern Barnstaple & District.”

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