This is a message from Mark Pybus, the director of Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team
I would like to make a number of things extremely clear.
1. Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team is not at this moment under threat of closure.( although it did come very close)
2. We are committed to maintaining existing Levels of cover.
3. Due to a funding short-fall we had to go out to the general public, in a way unprecedented in our history, that appeal has secured our immediate future, but we have felt it necessary to reduce our staffing costs. This appeal and responses has avoided the need for our closure.
4.We have made a number of redundancies to allow us to continue, this saddens all of us. This will place challenges on those staff and volunteers remaining.
5.Our long term Future relies on us making a number of changes to the way the team works and is resourced, we need to develop the frontline work to a point where it is less reliant on paid staff. The reason why we took on paid staff was due to an exponential rise in the need for our services, which we were unable to meet from our volunteer base alone.
6.We need to secure regular monthly partners from the general public to enable us to:
Cover the costs of maintaining vehichles ( which cover over 60,000 miles per year)
Maintain and replace equipment,
Maintain a base to work from (Our Offices)
Pay petrol bills (circa£1000 per month)
Supply and equip staff with Uniforms.
Train new volonteers and ensure staff training is kept up to date.
Pay the salaries of the few staff we do need to retain to be able to run effectively.
7.We need to continue to attract and retain funding from Trusts.
8. Having survived our emergency, we are embarking on a process to ensure that we never again find our lifesaving work in danger of closing due to financial issues.
How can you help?
Could you be one of our Volunteers? we need many different skills, not just Frontline cliff edge volunteers.
Could You make one off payment?
Could you give on a monthly basis?
Could you run a fundraising event in aid of us?
Do you have any other suggestions as to how you could help?
Thank you for being interested in the work of The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team and taking the time to read this.
Director Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team