‘Crunch time’ for Dungiven charity

The manager of a Dungiven charity that provides a “lifeline” service for people who have learning and physical disabilities has warned it is coming to “crunch time”.

Glenshane Care Association, which was set up 13 years ago, has around 21 clients on its register, and helps residents from Dungiven and the surrounding area who have a range of disabilities. In doing so, it provides “crucial” help for clients and much-needed respite for carers, says project manager, Betty Murphy.

It costs around £80,000 to run the association annually. The Western Trust provides a grant of £52,000, which is awarded on a year-to-year basis, and Limavady Borough Council provides a £2,000 grant. Mrs Murphy says she is deeply grateful for the funding, but says the shortfall must be found by the Centre. However, with the harsh economic conditions and many charities competing for funds that is becoming increasingly difficult, she says.

“The local community here in Dungiven has been fantastic, and they really have supported us, but times are hard for everyone now.

“My plea is to funders, in light of this difficult economic climate, is to put less emphasis on projects who supply advice and health activities and things like that, things a lot of groups do as it is.

“We are lucky that we do have core funding, very lucky but, at the end of the day, it may not prove enough.

“The reserves are down and, yes, we are in jeopardy. There are two more years left unless something changes.”

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