RAY event to support Kirklees community groups

VOLUNTARY and charitable organisations are expected to face increasing pressures over the coming years in the wake of austerity measures and public funding cuts. A new RAY project in the Holme and Colne Valleys area of Kirklees is helping community groups in those areas handle this pressure by opening up new avenues for mutual support and shared services. An event introducing the project has been arranged for Saturday 25 October at the Carlile Institute in Meltham and is free to all interested parties.

We know that 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. We are 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.

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 for RAY, 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.”

The event on 25 October starts at 9.30am. It is free to attend but to help with making appropriate arrangements advance booking would be appreciated. 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.

Visit our Eventbrite page to book your place, or take a look at the Kirklees Two Valleys Project page to find out more.