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Funding Appeal Update 8th August 2014

Friday Update – more good news as we have received notification that Tudor Trust will continue to fund some of our core costs for the next 2 years. This is amazing news! Tudor Trust have supported us now for 5 years, part-funding the Welcome Centre Manager, Director and Admin and Finance role.
The Board of Trustees met to decide how to make sure BRR does not spend too much money, but keeps the Welcome Centre open and continues to provide as much support to our members as possible.
They took into account the information and ideas gathered in the Volunteer Consultation week and the proposal staff drew up on the basis of that week. This proposal was generally accepted by the board, and is intended to keep the Welcome Centre open the maximum number of hours with the minimum cost.
The plan is that, as of September:
Wednesday: will stay the same as it is now: classes in the morning, main hall open in the morning and further classes in the afternoon.
Thursday: AID will be open as now, from 10. But the main hall will be open from 11 until 2, closing straight after lunch.
Friday: the main hall will be closed. English classes will run as they do on Friday afternoon, with tea and coffee etc in the old building.
As of October – using September as a period with a bit of extra staff time to manage the changes and move Assisi Centre office things to Malcolm X – staff hours will all be reduced, except for BRILL coordination and creche, which are separately funded.
It will be sad to lose the main hall on a Friday and there will be a lot of pressure on staff time, but we hope that this will work and only be short term. We do expect some teething problems when the changes happen, so it’s important that we all work together to make the transition as smooth as possible.
This is not the end of the story though – we still need more funds to restore our service to current levels. Ruth S-J continues to apply to trusts and foundations for grants and our staff, volunteers and members continue to fundraise too!