North Yorkshire charity faces closure
12:41pm 17th August 2010
National children's charity Bullying UK faces closure due to funding crisis
The Pride of Britain Award-winning national children's charity Bullying UK is facing closure by September 1, 2010 unless it can raise £50,000 to allow it to continue providing help, advice and support to more than 500,000 young people and their families a year through its unique email helpline.
Over the last 12 years, the small team of one staff member and four volunteers have worked on a shoestring budget, using cutting edge technology to raise awareness and provide high quality advice to children, their parents and schools.
“In past years the charity has relied on the help of businesses across the UK to support our work in the absence of any government grants, but the financial crisis means it has been difficult to source corporate help," said CEO and founder John Carnell.
"We have recently been refused central government funding, even though our service provides a lifeline to suicidal young people and distressed parents every single day. All we need to fund the service for a year is £50,000. We must be one of the most cost effective children's charities in the UK."
"If Bullying UK shuts down, the government will need to provide two fully trained civil servants 24/7, 365 days a year, with an expertise to advise not only on complex education complaints, special needs and school appeal tribunals but to deal with suicidal children, school refusers, children suffering psychological problems and parents involved with social services and the police.
"We are asking people and businesses across the UK to please help us, so when the new school term starts Bullying UK will be here to support every family desperate for help. Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/SaveBullyingUK . Corporate support is particularly welcome."
Over the last 12 years volunteers for the charity, formerly called Bullying Online, have replied to more than 64,000 emails, and they supply 150,000+ leaflets to schools and youth organisations every year.
The charity has a particular expertise in dealing with cyber bullying issues, which currently make up more than 20% of the emails it receives.
"In addition to our web service through the Bullying UK website at www.bullying.co.uk we provide an iphone application and mobile website at m.bullying.co.uk so that families have our advice in their hands to access when they need it most." said John.
Families who have accessed our help are speaking out to praise the essential support we have given them.:
- "At a time when we were at a loss to know the best thing to do for our child, Bullying UK were able to help us giving direction and doing so helpfully and quickly” - Graham
- “We have received tremendous help over the past few years. Bullying UK has been incredibly supportive and given a huge amount of useful information and consideration to our personal plight” - Debbie
- "Bullying UK gave immediate most needed emotional support by replying promptly to my email” - Bernadette
- “Bullying UK provided empathy and understanding but above all else the advice gave me the direction and control to approach the school in the most appropriate way and take the relevant steps to resolve the situation” - Sarah
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