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Matthew Tree temporarily ‘pauses’ services while securing funding

A crisis support centre based on Filwood Broadway has temporarily ‘paused’ its services to allow it to secure funding.

The Matthew Tree Project which has been working from Knowle West since 2013 provides city-wide support to those at risk of homelessness through it’s Rebuilding Lives programme.

Before it suspended its services at the end of May – the charity was providing essential crisis support to some 600 vulnerable people and distributing the food equivalent of around 9,000 meals each week.

In a statement, CEO and founder Mark Goodway said: “Covid-19 has presented the voluntary sector with formidable financial challenges. The economic impacts of the pandemic have had a domino effect; undermining fundraising efforts and causing a sharp increase in service demand.

“The Matthew Tree Project is not immune to these events and has experienced a significant reduction in funding since the end of 2021, to the point whereby there is insufficient cash to continue operations beyond the end of May.

“Service delivery is therefore being temporarily ‘paused’ to reduce costs and allow time to secure the funding needed to resume the delivery of services when able.

“The charity is solvent, it has very little debt, which is more than covered by asset value, so the issue is purely one of a lack of cash to continue paying monthly operational costs.

“It is regretful this is happening, especially at a time when the crisis support provided by the charity is needed more than ever, but the reality is that, if no-one wants to fund these services, they cannot continue…”

The Matthew Tree is not the only locally-based organisation which has faced a funding challenge – with Filwood Hope Advice Centre launching an appeal in the spring to prevent it from closing.