Decision taken to wind up Uckfield Community Resilience charity

Update on Wednesday, August 3: The decision was taken last night to begin the process of winding up the Uckfield Community Resilience charity.

A post on the organisation’s Facebook page said: “The trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the charity over the last two years.

“George Osborne recently expressed the hope that he had left the economy in a better state than when he took office. We believe that we have, indeed, left Uckfield and district in a better state as the community has proved to be more self-resilient and people are more aware of the need to be prepared.

“You, our supporters, have played a significant part in that change. Thank you.”

Our original story on Thursday, July 21: Uckfield Community Resilience, a charity set up to respond to, and help townspeople recover from, major incidents looks likely to fold.

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Tom Crellin.

A meeting about the future of the organisation is due to be held on Tuesday, August 2, at the offices of Expert Insurance Group, Horsted Square, on the Bellbrook Estate starting at 7.30pm.

One of the trustees who helped set up the group, Tom Crellin, said there were a number of reasons behind the decision.

He said: “Foremost among these is that we have not come together as a team to train together or to work together.

“Attendance at the monthly team meeting is virtually non-existent and, without training together we cannot hope to operate together.

“Secondly, we have found ourselves to be effectively in competition with certain individuals in the town who prefer to act as lone heroes and are managing to be both better resourced and better informed than we are.

“The existence of these others has very much diluted our message and made it much harder for us in many ways.

“Thirdly, your trustees are finding that we simply do not have the time and energy to devote to this project that it needs.”

Mr Crellin told Uckfield News that the aim of Uckfield Community Resilience was to set up an organisation with trained volunteers rather than a collection of people who would respond to calls for help on an ad hoc basis, but they had been unsuccessful in doing this.

About 20 people had shown an interest in getting involved in the charity but that interest didn’t mature into them training to become part of the team.

He wished people well who did turn out on an ad hoc basis but he didn’t want to get to a position where Uckfield Community Resilience was competing with them.

Mr Crellin said trustees would have to decide what happened to funds donated to Uckfield Community Resilience if the charity was wound up.

It’s constitution said the money should go to a charity with similar aims and they would have to look around to see what charities were out there.

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