Fate of SCVS to be sealed

Strug­gling char­ity sup­port group could close

The Galloway News - - INTIMATION­S - Stephen Nor­ris

The fu­ture of the cash– strapped Ste­wartry Coun­cil of Vol­un­tary Ser­vice will be set­tled in Cas­tle Dou­glas next Tues­day.

The com­pany, which has its of­fices in Kirkcud­bright, could be wound up un­less an 11th-hour res­cue pack­age ma­te­ri­alises.

All mem­bers have been in­vited to the ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral meet­ing in St Ninian’s Church Hall.

Top of the agenda will be “to con­sider dis­so­lu­tion of the Ste­wartry Coun­cil of Vol­un­tary Ser­vice”.

Man­ager Marie Jack­son – cur­rently work­ing as an un­paid vol­un­teer – is dis­traught at the prospect of the com­pany clos­ing.

She said: “It’s just aw­ful. We have had lots of peo­ple com­ing in to say how hor­ri­fied they are. They just can’t be­lieve it.

“But it re­ally is up to mem­bers to come up with ideas be­fore we shut the doors. The meet­ing is a chance for mem­bers to think about how we can save SCVS.”

It is un­der­stood SCVS has only enough money to keep go­ing for an­other three months. The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been strug­gling lately as cash aid from lo­cal and na­tional govern­ment dried up.

The only paid staff left are Jenny Milby, who is on a four-day week, and Anne Cor­son, who works just two morn­ings.

Mrs Jack­son said: “All the work I do now is as a vol­un­teer to try to push SCVS a lit­tle fur­ther down the road.

“Folk have been say­ing it’s so un­fair that we are go­ing to lose yet an­other com­mu­nity as­set. I think that’s why peo­ple are so in­censed.”

Asked about the prospect of sav­ing SCVS, Mrs Jack­son said: “It will be up to mem­bers to de­cide. Some have sug­gested that peo­ple could make do­na­tions on a monthly ba­sis.

“If they do agree to dis­solve the whole process could take be­tween three to five months.

“That may be the de­ci­sion but the doors won’t shut that day. I’ll keep com­ing in as a vol­un­teer un­til that hap­pens.

“There’s so much stuff that needs to be dealt with. It’s not pleas­ant.”

SCVS sup­ports dozens of lo­cal groups and char­i­ties by of­fer­ing ac­coun­tancy, of­fice and pay­roll ser­vices. Equip­ment hire and char­i­ta­ble sta­tus ad­vice are also pro­vided.

The EGM starts at 2.30pm.

‘Dis­traught’ SCVS man­ager Marie Jack­son fears for fu­ture

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