Community centre in call for cash boost

Denise Hartley MBE the CEO of the Intact Centre, Ingol, with Bill Shannon The Chair
Denise Hartley MBE the CEO of the Intact Centre, Ingol, with Bill Shannon The Chair
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A COMMUNITY centre is launching a rallying cry for funding after a major expansion and cuts to grants left it struggling for cash.

Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact) has undergone a £650,000 extension and refurbishment, and helps thousands of people every year.

But with rising overheads and reducing grant funding, leaders at the centre have warned they are struggling to cope, and are setting up a raft of events to try to help make ends meet.

Chief executive Denise Hartley said staff were working to capacity with no money to take on extra workers, as well as helping increasing numbers of service users and facing more competition from other third sector groups for grants.

She said: “It’s a catch-22 situation. Before we got the funding for the building we had the small centre, but due to the demand for the services and support, we’ve had to put on more services and support more people and that’s put an increased drain on our resources.

“The number of people coming into the centre and the number of services we are delivering is growing.

“It’s due to numerous things, welfare reforms, cuts to other services across the city.”

She added: “Cuts to the public sector have an impact on us on the ground.”

Denise said the charity had to put £15,000 extra into the building project because of spiralling costs, and said Intact was likely to lose £15,000 to £20,000 this year. A funding target of £10,000 has now been set to be met through events and public donations, to try to avoid cutting staff.

Bosses are appealing for goods to sell at a charity day on September 16 called Handbags and Gladrags. There will be a sponsored Guild Wheel run, walk or ride on October 10, and Intact supporters can donate money by texting INTA15 (£ amount) to 70070.