‘Don’t let scandals damage vital services’
A CHARITY boss has made a plea for international scandals not to affect vital services for vulnerable people closer to home.
Voluntary sector boss Kenny Murphy fears diminishing trust will damage society and put vulnerable citizens and communities at greater risk.
Mr Murphy, chief executive of Fife Voluntary Action, which represents enterprises across the region, said: “Trust in charities leads directly to better lives.”
He said he had been outraged to hear about the sex scandals facing Oxfam and Save the Children and angry and embarrassed they were not dealt with properly at the time.
Oxfam has lost more than 7,000 donors since the sexual exploitation scandal following the Haiti earthquake in 2010 was exposed last month.
Mr Murphy added: “Let’s ensure some wrongdoing somewhere, as serious as it may have been, does not result in services being needlessly lost to our most vulnerable citizens.
“We have more than 3,000 community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises operating in Fife today.
“Funding is getting harder to come by, donations are down and yet costs are going up and demand is increasing for most organisations.”