Printed in the Southern League Premier Division game v Frome Town on Saturday 3rd December 2016. We lost 2-1 in front of 460.
of a small charity I spend a ridiculous amount of time looking for
money to keep our services
Services that provide an education for pupils struggling in
and for people with disabilities who want to do some volunteering
with anyone else
to learn about gardening and
be involved in their community.
It's very rewarding but as the years have gone on very depressing as
I stare at a computer screen trying to work out what an 'outcome' is
another poxy grant application form.
age of austerity has a direct impact on what we do. Thanks to massive
cuts to government grants, councils are stopping funding anything
that isn't statutory – which
means they have stopped funding nearly everything they don't
to do by law. So
disabled and need some help, tough. Find a non-existent
fill in that confusing form yourself. The day centres are closed and
support workers have gone
- but people
want to rot at home they want to contribute and we try and welcome
everyone to come and get stuck in to some gardening, have a meal,
feel part of society.
alternative, is rotting at home with deteriorating mental health.
budgets are meant to be ring-fenced but they
not. We charge schools for our services and
its not cheap and
will be increasingly difficult to
fund our work
acknowledge that it
really benefits individual pupils. Yes
maths and English are important, but try telling that to a teenager
whose just been taken into care. Schools
an exam factory - measured against other schools in
league table. No
matter that at one end of town is a fee paying school that ditches
pupils that aren't up to scratch and
a 100% pass rate and lauded, whereas the primary school where
a governor has to deal with a
problems and tries to accommodate all children believing that they all
have a right to good education, even if that means they need very
expensive one to
at times. They
run breakfast clubs and afterschool clubs that lose money but they
feel are essential so
have a chance to be coached by Albion in the community, do
gymnastics, computer club – or just have the chance to talk to
staff about what's bothering them.
charge more for
these extras but
then the pupils that need it the most wont be able to afford to come.
do as many enrichment activities as
know, stuff like trips along
with extra tution for reading, maths and writing.
aren't great even if the teaching is, but that's not really the point
exam results are no way to measure what sort of education is
so i go begging for the school from businesses
to enjoy many of the activities that wealthier
for granted. On
top of this, Brighton
Council has just announced it is stopping funding nearly all youth services and preventative work which might save pennies now, but will
store up problems for the future.
help run a community pub and if I could have bottled the community
spirit last Friday at the seniors club first birthday party I could
sell it for a fortune. 30 older people come every week - many
picked up from the houses because of mobility problems - to
the pub to
enjoy lunch and bingo and escaping their four walls. We pride
ourselves on being much
more than just
know how essential
the Bevy are
as older people face an epidemic of loneliness. But guess what, these
places up and down the country including struggling pubs are closing.
no way to run a country, a country which is one of the richest in the
for the essentials although
the government can
million to pay for repairs at one
of Europe's largest stately private
Wentworth Woodhouse or
let the fee paying school with the 100% pass-rate
record keep its charitable status. Maybe
they should have to crowdfund and
get people to support them direct rather than from the taxpayer.
of a New Years resolution then why not volunteer or make a monthly
standing order to a small charity. It will make a massive difference
and maybe you will save someone from
their head against a computer
going to pay the ever rising bills.
support might not change the world, but it will change