Charities in South East England are feeling the squeeze of the recession at a time when their services are needed the most.
In a recent survey of charities across the south east, including some in Brighton, 60% of these vital voluntary organisations said that they thought their financial position would worsen over the next year, while 50% of them were expecting their grants from the county and district councils to be cut.
The survey of 1500 charities across the South East was carried out by Euro MP Catherine Bearder. Catherine commented:
"Cuts in grants to local charities, along with the difficulties that all such organisations face in a depressed economic environment, put much of their work at risk at a time when often they are needed more than ever."
"Volunteers working through these charities, make a fantastic contribution to our community every day. They need to be supported."
"This week is Volunteer's Week so let's use it to promote the importance of our local charities. We should all volunteer a few hours this week to help them!"