SWINGEING cuts being made in Derbyshire could threaten the future of voluntary organisations across the south of the county, it is feared.
Derbyshire County Council announced earlier this month that it needs to save £157 million, with around a third of that expected to be slashed from its Adult Social Care budget, which funds many voluntary and community groups in South Derbyshire.
The district’s community voluntary service (CVS), which is partly funded by the county council, has already begun planning for the cuts.
The service said groups which are reliant on council funding should consider investigating other ways of receiving funding before the cuts hit.
John Shillabeer, from the South Derbyshire Mental Health Association, which received £62,000 from the county council earlier this year, said losing the authority’s backing would come as a huge blow.
He said: “It would affect us in a big way if it was to be stopped completely. We always manage with what we’ve got and if it was cut a little bit I think we would be able to soldier on.
“We’re in a position now where we’re looking to expand. We don’t want to be in a situation where we have to cut services.”
Mr Shillabeer said the group, based in Alexandra Road, Swadlincote, had began to look elsewhere for funding opportunities and had considered taking advantage of a grant on offer from motoring giant Toyota, which has a factory in Burnaston.
He said: “Our director is working on different funding streams. We’ve got to be more aware of what is available. The more streams we find, the more secure our future will be. It’s something we’re very much keeping in mind.”