Weathering the 'Perfect Storm'

Thursday, 14 March 2019

In the seven weeks since going public with the funding crisis that threatened up to 27 jobs and support for 253 families, our board and senior management team have been holding talks with Fife Council, Scottish Government, and other funders in an attempt to mitigate the impact of the funding ‘Perfect Storm’.

As a result of these talks around half of the required additional funding has been found, leaving Fife Gingerbread unable to continue operating at existing levels. Therefore to protect the existing projects and minimise the impact a reduction would have on families, the organisation has gone through a restructuring process, with staff roles adapting to fit the new model along with a small number of redundancies.

The new Fife Gingerbread structure will see 31 staff members operating across Fife, supporting 340 families in the next year. This is thanks to the addition funding that has been awarded to the charity from Fife Council and Scottish Government.

Fife Council announced on Thursday 14th February that in its draft budget there was a proposal to provide Fife Gingerbread with an additional £60k for three years, which was approved by councillors one week later. This extra cash will allow the Making it Work projects to continue supporting lone parents and families.

Scottish Government, after meeting with Fife Gingerbread and seeing first-hand the work the charity carries out, confirmed it would provide £91k to continue family work in Levenmouth for another year.

On top of this additional funding, the issue of the unsustainable way third sector organisations are funded has been discussed within Fife and across the country. As such we are committed to making sure that going forward the organisation is funded with greater sustainably to safeguard the vital support we provide our families.

The support we have had from parents, volunteers, partners, funders, elected members, local businesses, and the general public has been remarkable, and has no doubt contributed to us being awarded additional funding.

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