Many of the disabled people we work with are vulnerable and very poor and cannot manage any reduction in income. Many of our church members are already over stretched and cannot cope with any more voluntary work.
My sister who has mental health issues goes to her local community centre every week for her lunch. This is about to stop due to lack of funding. As a result she will be more isolated, will not get a nutritious meal every week and her quality of life will diminish. What kind of Big Society does this make?
I work for a local voluntary organisation, due to recent government cutbacks. We have had to lay off over 70% of our staff close 7 departments and scale back the services we offer the community by 60%. We have also had to lose a large number of our volunteers as we either no longer have the service department they were volunteering with or simply could no longer afford to even pay them their basic out of pocket expenses.
I work for Devon county council's children and young peoples services in schools as well as Devon county council's integrated youth support and development services and the youth service. I have been made redundant twice in less than a year.
I work in the voluntary sector as Manager of a small local charity. Our public funding has been cut by 38 percent overall. This includes cuts in funding from the County Council and Borough Council, the ending of a contract with the NHS locally and the scrapping by the government of a supported work programme for a member of staff with disabilities.