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Jobs at risk & services cut

Jobs & services at risk at Age UK Sittingbourne & Faversham

A charity which helps elderly people in Sittingbourne & Faversham has told it’s staff their jobs could be at risk and services will have to be cut.

Age UK Sittingbourne & Faversham has warned its employees roles could be axed or changed due to “a very uncertain future” regarding its finances, mainly caused by a drop in donations and money left in wills.

It is not yet known how many people will be affected.

Its centre at Heather House, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne caters for up to 60 older people every day.

It also runs sessions at the Belle Friday Centre, London Road, Teynham, and the Paula Owen Centre, in Faversham.

The news came amid fears that the charity may close, but interim Chief officer, Sue Cliffe said “there is no intention to close the services in swale”

A letter from Vice chairman of the board of charity trustee’s Pamela Brookes, said:

“It is with great sadness that it has been decided to make reductions in the services the charity can offer in our area of benefit.

“It is certain that in some instances jobs will be at risk, while other job roles will need to be reviewed and amended.”

It goes on to state that support will be given to staff following the “upsetting and concerning” news.

In July the Whitstable section of the charity was forced to suspend its services after similar problems.

An Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne spokesman said: ”Following a financial review Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne announce with considerable regret and sadness the need to reduce some services the charity offers to older people in the area.

 

 

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