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  • Save Southall Black Sisters

    by Leon
    22nd February, 2008 at 4:20 pm    

    I’ve just been alerted to this call to action on the IRR website:

    A picket to show support for Southall Black Sisters which is facing closure following a decision by Ealing council to withdraw funding.

    * Tuesday 26 February 2008, 6-7pm
    * Ealing Town Hall, Uxbridge Road, Ealing W5 2BY

    Please contact Southall Black Sisters (SBS) if you plan to attend - Southall Black Sisters on 020 8571 9595 or email:

    For those who don’t know about SBS you can read about them and their work here.

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    1. Pickled Politics » More on SBS closure plans

      [...] plans by Sunny on 25th February, 2008 at 5:36 pm     Leon earlier pointed out that a rally is taking place tomorrow in Ealing in protest at the Council’s decision to pull vital funding from Southall [...]

    1. Inders — on 22nd February, 2008 at 4:31 pm  

      I’m assuming they are NRF funded.

      The Neighborhood’s Renewal Fund is finishing at the end of March. This is nation wide.

      Its being replaced by the working neighborhoods fund. Which is for the express purpose of putting people back to work.

      You can hardly blame Ealing council if central government changes the conditions for funding.

    2. sonia — on 22nd February, 2008 at 4:56 pm  

      Yes everyone is facing funding cuts - and so the buck passes down. This is why us third sector types are spending all our time writing bids to the Lottery’s a cut-throat world out there. And increasingly as the government seeks to have its services delivered ‘on the cheap’ by the third sector, workload is increasing.

      ah what a cunning plan.

    3. Rumbold — on 22nd February, 2008 at 5:04 pm  

      Long live the Olympics: rich athletes, politicians and subsidised officals take part in an orgy of taxpayers’ money, while groups which help vulnerable people have to shut because the funding has been diverted.

    4. Leon — on 22nd February, 2008 at 5:06 pm  

      I wonder if this is part of the trickle down effect of the government recent decision to focus funding on groups that back its line on integration/cohesion?

      Yeah Sonia, don’t we know it…the third sector’s really not that much different (in terms of competition) to the ‘free’ market.

    5. halima — on 22nd February, 2008 at 7:03 pm  

      That is a huge shame - I hope they get a good show - SBSs really say it like it is, and it would be a terrible shame if they were unable to continue their fantastic campaigning work. It just goes to show, though, that third sector orgs cannot, in the long run, rely on government funding, for their sustainability and independence - the two cannot work together hand in hand.

    6. nodn — on 22nd February, 2008 at 7:11 pm  

      Thanks for your comments halima. I just got this on e-mail from a member of SBS. We can’t let them close!

    7. Katherine — on 22nd February, 2008 at 7:15 pm  

      That’s terrible news - I really hope they find funding from somewhere. I only came across SBS about a year and a half ago and everything I have seen since then has increased my respect for the work that they do.

    8. rupahuq — on 23rd February, 2008 at 10:22 am  

      This is typical of Ealing’s Tory administration. So far they have spent loads on getting shiny black lamp-posts in my ward (marginal that Cons won in South Ealing) when the old ones worked fine at the same time as bleeding Labour voting Southall dry. They are flogging off a historic gothic Victorian Southall community centre for example to fund more treats for Tory voters. It’s tanatamount to gerrymandering. Will try to be present. See you there Leon?

    9. Katy Newton — on 23rd February, 2008 at 2:04 pm  

      That’s appalling. I can’t get there on Tuesday but perhaps if someone can post an address or email address for whoever is responsible for this decision at Ealing we could write to them and let them know our feelings on the subject?

    10. Rumbold — on 23rd February, 2008 at 3:07 pm  

      If this Conservative council has cut funding then it should be ashamed. What is needed as well is clearer central government guidlines on how to supply and fund such services.

    11. H — on 23rd February, 2008 at 3:25 pm  

      There’s an event listed for the picket in Facebook with details of campaign and how to register comments…

    12. H — on 23rd February, 2008 at 3:30 pm

      Not sure if this link works but here it is..

    13. Inders — on 24th February, 2008 at 12:53 am  

      I don’t think government should be funding overtly political groups like this.

      I do hope the SBS continue. But it does overstep the remit of a sanctuary scheme on many an occasion. There are plenty of other sanctuary schemes run through local police forces and funding. They too, do sterling work.

    14. nodn — on 24th February, 2008 at 1:36 am  

      You’re all invited to join my facebook group, Save Southall Black Sisters.

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