PRESS RELEASE 15/10/2014: New help for under pressure voluntary sector in Kirklees

VOLUNTARY and charitable organisations across the Kirklees Two Valleys area are expected to face increasing pressures over the coming years in the wake of austerity measures and public funding cuts.

Organisations and groups, large and small, will be relied upon in the coming years to deliver services to their communities across Holme and Colne Valley. There is also a gap for organisational support to these groups in the area, which Kirklees Council is addressing through funding to Rural Action Yorkshire. The charity is offering one-to-one advice from sector experts, peer-to-peer networking and the chance to share concerns and issues with other organisations in a similar boat, with the intention of creating a more sustainable third sector environment going forward.

Added to this, there is a strong desire to engage grassroots and harder-to-reach organisations in the area, ensuring that they too can benefit from the support and advice on offer from the Council and Rural Action Yorkshire. Mel McGeoch, who is leading the project, says: “we understand the need in Kirklees for more awareness around the roles charities play in delivering important services to their communities, as well as making sure they are both comfortable and confident with these roles. We want the hard-working volunteers of the area to be aware that help and support is available, should they need it in any way.”

There will be an event taking place later this month on Saturday 25th October at Carlile Institute, 9.30am, in Meltham, for those wanting to learn more. Anyone involved with a voluntary organisation is encouraged to attend, as well as local businesses and individuals with an interest in their community. It will be a chance to gain invaluable support from other groups in the area, from charity and local authority experts, and to share any concerns or issues with others. More information is available on the Rural Action Yorkshire website www.ruralyorkshire.org.uk or on 0845 313 0270.

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Media contact: 

Candice Dowson, Marketing & PR Officer, Rural Action Yorkshire tel. 0845 313 0270.

Rural Action Yorkshire

Based at Askham Bryan, near York, RAY is one of 38 Rural Community Councils in England.  It isan independent, charitable, and voluntary organisation working across rural areas of North, South and West Yorkshire, to help communities improve the quality of life for all people living and working in rural Yorkshire. Key work includes:

* Providing advice and grant support for sustainable multi-use community buildings, which can act as a focal point for village services

* Helping local communities carry out community led plans, which identify the strengths and weaknesses of village life and plan how the local community sees future development taking place

RAY and the other 37 rural community councils across England form the ACRE Network (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Find Rural Action Yorkshire online at www.ruralyorkshire.org.ukand Twitter @RuralYorkshire