CSV axes 110 jobs but no losses in Scotland

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CSV has announced it is to shut 12 learning centres outside Scotland with up to 110 jobs being lost. 

6th March 2014 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

One of the country’s biggest volunteering charities has confirmed its Scottish operation is not under threat after 110 posts were earmarked for redundancy.

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) announced a restructuring this week which will see 12 of its learning centres close after its income fell by £10 million to £22.5m last year.

As well as job losses, the volunteering charity plans to sell three buildings worth around £2m.

We are unable to make our learning operations financially viable in a realistic timeframe - Lucy de Groot

The charity, which is marking its 50th anniversary in Scotland this year, runs mostly volunteering programmes. This services range from befriending young people in care and helping people with disabilities to environmental projects and employee volunteering.

However a spokeswoman confirmed to TFN the restructuring wouldn’t affect any of its programmes in Scotland.

“We are a UK operation but all our learning centres are either in England or Wales so there should be no impact in Scotland.

“In fact we expect our operation in Scotland to continue to go from strength to strength,” she said.

CSV said the restructuring meant it would now focus on social action and volunteering programmes.

This means it will close its learning operations later this summer, once all the current learners have completed their qualifications.

Lucy de Groot, CSV chief executive, said: “Despite hard work and intensive effort, we are unable to make our learning operations financially viable in a realistic timeframe.

"I want to pay tribute to all my colleagues who have done such wonderful work on these programmes over many years.” 

She added: “We know that volunteers are needed more than ever in these difficult times.

“We are confident that this transformation will enable us to continue to help many thousands of people from all ages and backgrounds to have better lives, make a difference and create strong, inclusive communities.”