Following our initial delight last year at being told the charity would receive £50k of the MODs grant of £91k to SCR from Mayor ex-Army Officer Dan Jarvis to help homeless veterans around South Yorkshire as reported widely around the region:
Subsequently, after discussions, we could not agree to accept the terms of the offer which would have meant us spending the whole £50k offered on one person’s wage for one year to employ a business development officer to tell us how to expand our charity.
This doesn’t sit comfortably with our ethos of low overheads ensuring most of the money donated to us is spent on the veterans, not large salaries and others. overheads.
Our charity is more than capable of managing its own growth and we believe the money in question would have done far more good being spent by helping homeless veterans directly.
We even countered their idea with one of allowing us to use the money to buy an old house for us to refurbish to create a South Yorkshire hostel-type unit we could manage that would be sustainable long term benefiting even more veterans.
We here at the charity are disappointed that we could not come to an agreement with the SCR office on the best use of that grant, but we continue to help veterans needing our specialist help without any of the MOD money that was distributed for that purpose due to the constraints on how to spend it that has caused this conflict for us.
We need to inform the public our charity did not accept any of the £91k. Otherwise, it could affect our chances of securing future financial support from elsewhere when those considering helping us carry out their due diligence and see it reported we got that money, when in fact we couldn’t accept it with the strings attached as it goes against the ethos of our charity of low overheads and spending money raised on helping the homeless veterans themselves.
Since being formed in Barnsley in 2012 the charity has helped around 500 homeless veterans, including partners and some children. We raise our own funds and don’t just talk the talk, we do what it says on our tin ie: Help Homeless Veterans not just in Barnsley and Doncaster, but throughout South Yorkshire and the rest of England and Wales rapidly effectively without fuss.
We genuinely hope that the 4 South Yorkshire Councils through their SY Covenant Group who will share out the whole £91k make good use of it and actually provide additional help to vulnerable veterans who approach them for assistance as charities like ours are already carrying a significant burden of providing help for the veterans who quite often run into difficulties when approaching local authorities having to deal with homeless people from all areas of society, not just veterans of HM Forces.
Thank you as always to those people and groups who support our charity enabling us to react quickly to requests for help.