Award winning charity could be sunk by perfect storm of cuts


Chief executive Rhona Cunningham with Fife Gingerbread mascot Gingey.

Fife Gingerbread has warned it is facing a crisis which could see jobs and vital services lost

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23rd January 2019 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

A perfect storm of funding cuts is threatening to engulf an award winning charity.

Fife Gingerbread has warned it is facing a crisis which could see jobs and vital services lost.

The charity – which won People’s Choice at the Scottish Charity Awards in 2014 – said that many of its funding streams are set to run dry in the coming months.

Many of its services are only partially funded, or the funds are subject to cuts.

The organisation, which supported 739 families in 2018, has so far been unable to secure additional money to continue its vital work across Fife, and may soon be forced to operate at a third of its current state.

This huge cut in services would mean staffing levels potentially dropping from 41 down to 14, a loss of 27 jobs.

As a result of this there would be no more support for up to 253 of the 348 families Fife Gingerbread currently works with, which would leave 72 children at high risk of social work involvement.

Rhona Cunningham, chief executive of Fife Gingerbread, said: “Knowing we may not be unable to continue supporting so many families is devastating, particularly as we know there are 72 children within those families that will possibly require social work intervention.

“If even 10 of those children were to end up in residential care it would cost the local authority a staggering £1.6m per year; so the opportunity is there for Fife Council to fund our work now and save money in the long run.”

Rhona added: “The senior managers in the organisation and our board members have been working tirelessly for months to try and avoid this situation, but unfortunately securing funding is as difficult as it’s ever been, which is ironic as the need for our service has never been greater.”

Fife Gingerbread now faces a race against time to find funding before it is forced to dramatically reduce its service, which would impact hundreds of families across Fife.

Last year it helped families to receive a collective financial gain of £260,963 and trained 53 volunteers.

It provided 180 families with a festive package including fuel, food, clothing and gifts.

To help, contact Fife Gingerbread.