I wouldn't know where to start and if I did, I'd be here all night. I manage a charitable organisation and have close strategic links with the public sector but the cuts are starting to bite all around us and I am extremely fearful for 2012 - for the vulnerable in our society who depend on our services, for our passionate, committed and highly skilled and experienced worker, for community in general and for our children. Without the voluntary sector, it is impossible to sustain, let alone build a volunteer force, the infrastructure will be gone and it will take generations to rebuild what I fear we are going to lose. And it will be utterly devastating. It must stop now before irreparable damage is done.
My father who suffers from chronic depression since the death of my mother (his partner of 62 years) has just had his community mental health nurse visits stopped. He now has only the opportunity to ring for support. At 83 and hard of hearing this is next to useless to him.
This Government is putting the squeeze on Remploy and all our disabled works are being put under stress because they are not sure what the future holds. It is my belief that they want to close all Remploy sites.
ESF funding restructure meant that the organisation I worked for could not apply for funding, therefore myself and 15 other members of staff were made redundant.
The cuts are already affecting our service users, there is an increase in homelessness, the most chaotic people are less supported and more likely to omit crime to fund their drug use. Emergency detoxes have been taken away for vulnerable clients, mental health services rarely if ever engage with the most needy of people as they are over stretched. Staffing levels and moral is through the floor and the quality of service delivery is only maintain by the ever shrinking good will of the good people working in this sector... whose hours have increased, pensions are being limited, wages are decreasing (in real terms and with lack of any bonus annual increased cost of living allowances.. oh and our holiday entitlement of a not very excessive 28 days per annum is no under threat too! Alongside the total absence of any supervision or management support as we suffer so do the people we work so hard to support.