“Please Sir, I want some more”

I like a good quote. The one above is a well-known line from Charles Dickens’ classic book “Oliver Twist”. Sometimes it feels as if all charities are out with their begging bowls. There is a lot of truth in that. We would all like some more. In our case, we would simply like more of the same. We would like the money to continue. We do not know how much income we will have in April. This makes it difficult to plan. Awareness of mental health problems is rising. Demand for our services is rising. But, and it is a very big ‘but’

Times is hard. Times is tough. Nothin’s easy. It’s all rough. There’s not much right; so much gone wrong. All I can do is play this song. (Loudon Wainwright III)

In the three months ending at Christmas, our volunteers put in a record amount of time. We are very grateful for their commitment. People with lived experience of mental health problems are helping their peer group. Our volunteers work hand in hand with the staff. Both are required for the organisation to work effectively. At present, we are having to think about cutting back. To quote another line from a song, this time by Joni Mitchell (and thereby showing my age!), “Don’t it always seem to go. That you don’t know what you’ve got. Till it’s gone.” I would hate to think that we were more appreciated when it was too late than at present.

Keith (Business Manager)