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Big Local (Cornwall) Charity Closes

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This is not one of those with a vastly-paid executive. This was mostly volunteers doing genuine good in their area with some paid organisers. I'd heard about other local charities struggling, including women's crisis centres, but this is the first big casualty.

This is what happens when councils start chopping on real frontline services (grant funded in this case) whilst leaving their own pay perks pensions and staffing untouched.

The quality of life for a lot of old people in Camborne* has just collapsed, they ran lunch clubs and gave somewhere for people to go and meet other pensioners, often their only social outlet. This had been going for forty years :(

I'm no bleeding heart (food banks - what a con) but this was a good thing.

Cornwall Community Services Volunteers charity shuts

One of Cornwall's oldest and largest local charities has closed down after running out of money, managers say.

The Camborne-based Cornwall Community Services Volunteers (CCSV) was founded 40 years ago, had 52 staff and a turnover of more than £1m.

Staff operated a day centre, worked with visually impaired people, provided car and minibus drivers, and ran the Sofa Project furniture bank.

Managers said they had filed to be voluntarily struck off as a charity.

'Hanging on'

Charity staff said the organisation had been suffering due to funding cuts and grants drying up.

Former CCSV chairman, the Reverend Mike Firbank, who left in January, said the charity had been looking at going bankrupt "within half a year".

He added that he was concerned about other local charities if they were also suffering funding worries.

He said: "Many are just hanging in there, just using their reserves, not employing new people, cutting staff or cutting their hours.

"There will come a point that they can't hang on any further.

"They will collapse and charities will just disappear."

CORNWALL Community Services Volunteers has folded, the charity confirmed today.

The Camborne-based organisation closed down on Friday last week following months of financial difficulties.

In December last year the charity started redundancy talks with about 20 staff who work with vulnerable people.

The redundancies affected people involved in the used furniture scheme called Sofa Project, workers with visually-impaired people, car and minibus drivers and people who offer company at Miners Court day centre.

Today a spokesman said all staff, including Carers’ Break staff, had been laid off.

CCSV was founded 40 years ago, had 52 staff and a turnover of more than £1m.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-23165579

http://www.westbriton.co.uk/Camborne-charity-CCSV-folded/story-19476281-detail/story.html

* big, poor, bleak mid-Cornwall town that never recovered from the loss of tin-mining in the 1880s.

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The quality of life for a lot of old people in Camborne* has just collapsed, they ran lunch clubs and gave somewhere for people to go and meet other pensioners, often their only social outlet. This had been going for forty years :(

That at least could easily be self-sustaining. Not all pensioners are too frail to organise a service: in fact, they're the backbone of many such things.

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This is not one of those with a vastly-paid executive. This was mostly volunteers doing genuine good in their area with some paid organisers. I'd heard about other local charities struggling, including women's crisis centres, but this is the first big casualty.

This is what happens when councils start chopping on real frontline services (grant funded in this case) whilst leaving their own pay perks pensions and staffing untouched.

The quality of life for a lot of old people in Camborne* has just collapsed, they ran lunch clubs and gave somewhere for people to go and meet other pensioners, often their only social outlet. This had been going for forty years :(

I'm no bleeding heart (food banks - what a con) but this was a good thing.

100% agree

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This is not one of those with a vastly-paid executive. This was mostly volunteers doing genuine good in their area with some paid organisers. I'd heard about other local charities struggling, including women's crisis centres, but this is the first big casualty.

This is what happens when councils start chopping on real frontline services (grant funded in this case) whilst leaving their own pay perks pensions and staffing untouched.

The quality of life for a lot of old people in Camborne* has just collapsed, they ran lunch clubs and gave somewhere for people to go and meet other pensioners, often their only social outlet. This had been going for forty years :(

I'm no bleeding heart (food banks - what a con) but this was a good thing.

Agree 100%

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Agree 100%

110%....there are many working hard for free, whilst others work just as hard for money. ;)

edit to say: at the very least the volunteers should get their national insurance/stamps/pension tokens paid for them if nothing else.

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