18th November 2016
As an independent local charity, we will be making changes over the coming months to ensure that the organisation is able to continue our core services, such as Information and Advice, Benefits Advice and Befriending for older people in the county.
The continued reduction in the availability of statutory funding means that Suffolk Age UK now has to generate over 75% of its income itself via fundraising, charity shops, trading and services that it provides for which people make a payment. This, when coupled with some long standing financial commitments, means that the charity has to take action now to secure its future.
Julia Holloway, Chair of Trustees, says, ‘We recognise that this is a difficult time for our staff and volunteers and sadly we have no choice but to reduce our staffing levels and change the way in which services are delivered to ensure expenditure remains in line with the resources available. However, we have made a commitment to ensure that Suffolk Age UK continues to support older people via our core services.
Last year we underwent an internal review resulting in a restructure of our central office functions, significantly reducing our management resource and operating costs whilst protecting our services for older people. However, this year we have no choice but to review our ability to provide all our current services more stringently to future proof the organisation.
Sadly this will mean the closure of some services and we will support our clients who are affected to find alternative options for them. No one wants to think that they may be lonely, on a low income or have nowhere to turn to in later life. However, for some the reality is different. Each year we assist over 21,000 older people, the vast majority benefitting from those services we provide for free. We know that our services can have a huge impact on individuals.
Suffolk Age UK believes that every older person in Suffolk deserves to be listened to, protected and supported which is why we need to act now and we need local support to ensure that our organisation is here for many years to come to help those who need us most."
Community support and public donations are vitally important to help us assist older people in the county, both now and in the future.
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