Clare's SNJ Column August 2015
The holiday season is with us, Stroud town centre is much more vibrant at this time of year with lots of families and young people out and about creating a lively atmosphere all week long.
I love the Peli Pop Up Park. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s next door to the Cornhill where Stroud Farmers Market is. The rain garden is looking good, helped by the rain we have had this week, the green wall planted with herbs has started to establish itself and now we are starting to get some courgettes ready in the raised bed . I am still looking for recycled containers of some sort we can use to put on the tarmac and paved area so we can grow more plants, can anyone help?
Come and join us for a Moth Night in Cam on Friday 4 September from 8.30pm at a nature reserve in Cam. Neil Woodward, moth expert, will set up traps to attract moths during the evening for us to look at. This is a reserve with a rich habitat for moths, so we hope to see some unusual and exciting species
It’s a tough time for charities like ours. The “Financial Sustainability Review” produced by NCVO says charities have not seen the recovery experienced by the economy overall. We are seeing some of these difficulties reported in the media.
Small and medium-sized organisations have been hardest hit, with charities with incomes between £100,000 and £1m seeing the biggest falls in their income and assets. Such charities saw an overall fall of 38% in their income from government sources between 2007/8 and 2012/13
We are spending more and more time and energy on fundraising when we would like to be spending time working with our volunteers on our local environment. This vital work cannot happen without funding. Where is all the money?