Fate of SCVS to be sealed
Struggling charity support group could close
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