Third of jobs to be lost at charity

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ALMOST a third of the workforce at Hastings Trust is to go as the charity battles to survive.

Hastings Trust works with the aim of community-led regeneration, and the nine jobs to be lost at the end of this month are from the trust’s Neighbourhood Enablers project.

The project received funding from the Government’s Social Action Fund for one year.

Led by Hastings Trust, in partnership with the Rye Partnership, Rother Voluntary Action and the Hastings Furniture Service, the project has supported more than 700 volunteers in developing 45 social action projects across Hastings and Rother.

The interim chief executive of Hastings Trust, Leslie Brissett, who took over from Mel Bonney-Kane in January this year, said:”All effective projects begin with the end in mind.

“Neighbourhood Enablers did not have an exit plan.

“I was very sorry to have to lose the team.

He spoke of further difficulties ahead, and said: “There are wider and deeper issues to be addressed at Hastings Trust, and we are pleased to have the support of the borough council and trustees in getting to the bottom of the story.

“I am very sorry to see them go. We are rebuilding trust in Hastings Trust.”

The Neighbourhood Enablers’ steering group has arranged three events, bringing together local people and agencies to celebrate the achievements of the volunteers and their community projects.

Further information about all the events is available from Jay Hancock on 01424 446373.