CAMBORNE volunteers and staff working with some of the most vulnerable people in the county were
today told it was time to "draw a line in the sand" over the
impending redundancies and service closures.
Cornwall Community Volunteer Services (CCVS) employees are to lose their jobs
as part of the charity's cost-cutting measures.
organisation has already shut furniture bank Sofa Project and over the next few
months workers with visually impaired people, car and minibus drivers and
people who offer company at Miners' Court will face the axe.
At the charity's annual general
meeting (AGM) held at Camborne Community Centre earlier today, chairman Mike Firbank confirmed the
organisation's overall deficit was estimated to be £23,000 by the end of this year.
He said: "It has been a very difficult
second half of the year and the trustees had to make some very difficult decisions.
"For many people it came as a
shock and people felt quite raw in terms of how the decision was made."
The meeting, which was attended
by a handful of staff and volunteers, heard that the one and only service to
continue operating was Carers Break which was estimated to make a £18,500
profit this year.
Mr Firbank added: "We share your
frustration but we want to draw a line in the sand and present you with a clear
picture of where we are and where we are going.
"We are in a storm which
continues and our job is to try to get through that storm while supporting as
many people as we can. Otherwise the whole CCVS would have to stop because we
have no money to continue any projects."