A CAMPAIGN has been launched by the Mayoress of Ripon to save a vital service helping vulnerable families in the city and surrounding area.
Denise Bolland is hoping to raise £16,000 to ensure the family support project based at Ripon Community House, on Allhallowgate, can continue for another year after funding for the service was lost.
“Unless we can raise the money, this much-needed local resource will not survive and sadly Ripon will be so much poorer without it,” said Miss Bolland, fiancee of Mayor, Coun David Elsy.
“Sixteen thousand pounds equates to little more than £1 for every inhabitant of Ripon, so I am asking everyone that can to give whatever they can afford.”
The project, run by support worker Liz Copas, offers emotional and practical help to both children and parents with all kinds of family issues.
She also manages a team of volunteers offering child-sitting to give stressed parents a break , and support to children going through a bad patch.
Miss Bolland said: “David and I first met Liz Copas during a visit to the Council for Voluntary Service and I found myself moved to tears not only by her work but her obvious involvement and commitment.
“So when Stuart Martin, the chairman of the CVS, told me about the loss of funding, I had no hesitation in trying to help.”
Much of the project’s work is confidential but it gives untold support to the more vulnerable members of the community.
Many of the clients are unable to get support from other agencies and so without the family support project would receive no help at all.
Comments from past clients include “without you I was without hope”, “we were hours away from the bailiffs taking everything until you stepped in”, and “I am now able to live a normal life”.
Collection buckets for donations to the campaign have been placed at Tiffin’s Cafe in Community House, the Mayor’s parlour in the town hall, and at the Ripon Gazette office, on Kirkgate.
Alternatively, people may send cheques payable to ‘Ripon CVS’ to: Family Support Project Appeal, Ripon CVS, Community House, Allhallowgate, Ripon, HG4 1LE.