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A call for “action” again

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West Harton Churches action station, South ShieldsRecession places pressure on those trying to help

It is only a year since I revealed the dire financial circumstances that were being faced by the West Harton Action Station in Boldon Lane, South Shields, in that time they have managed to find some funding to keep them going over the last twelve months. Their clients include some of the most hard pressed in South Shields needing help and assistance with various benefit claims and debt advice, they currently serve around 25,000 clients annually but are once again struggling massively to find the necessary funding to keep the service going.

Their advice staff are dedicated and professional with a high sense of duty and a willingness to provide the best help possible, however, unless avenues to funding are opened urgently then those staff too could be adding their own pressures to South Tyneside’s Welfare Rights service. Jobs at the West Harton Action Station are again under threat and if lost will add massively to the misery of those making use of the service and add massively to other service providers in the town.

Surely we have someone capable in the borough of South Tyneside  of unlocking some doors and opening avenues and opportunities to source additional funding for this vital community based service?  As the recession bites harder more jobs in South Tyneside will be lost, more families will sink into the despairs of debt, and the demands for help will grow.

There may be an inherent structural problem that needs to be addressed, or a marketing opportunity that ought not to be missed , but to save the burdon falling almost exclusively on the council’s own service financial assistance needs to be found now!

It is time once more for the good hearted, the problem solvers, the officials, and the politicians of this borough to scratch their heads and help find the ways and means for West Harton Action Station to continue it’s vital work.

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Written by curly

January 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm

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  1. I’m afraid that there is not a limitless supply of funders out there to support groups like this, the only real funder of last resort really is the Council. This begs the question after being around for many years, and clearly providing a valued local service, would the council be prepared to support the core costs of the organisation (if they can afford it) ?

    Unfortunately this group does not appear to be the only one in the Borough which regularly seems to fall short of funds so any Council help to it would I’m sure lead to many groups expecting the Council to support their worthy causes.


    January 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    • Yes I understand where you are coming from and driving at, but I wonder if the necessary structural adjustments were in place and the service marketed better that it may stand an improved chance of attracting funding from other organisations and outlets without having to go to the council as a last resort. There must be supplies of EU, UK govt, and charitable body funding out there, perhaps they just need the right people to assist them access it?


      January 14, 2009 at 5:36 pm

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