Council must work with Hawkspring to build long-term future

karin_photo_(2).jpgEarlier this month Hartcliffe-based drug and alcohol support charity Hawkspring received a donation of £100,000 from the John James Bristol Foundation to secure its future for a year.

The donation was welcomed by local Labour councillors Helen Holland and Mark Brain, and Bristol South MP Karin Smyth, who called on Bristol City Council to secure the long-term future of the charity, which supports people across South Bristol.

"Staff and Trustees put their hearts and souls into Hawkspring and the wonderful generosity of the John James Foundation is apt reward for their commitment,” Karyn said.

“Most importantly this money will enable Hawkspring to continue its life-saving work, helping many more local people who desperately rely on the crucial services Hawkspring provides.

“Disappointment that our city council did not step in to respond to calls for help will, for now, be overtaken by relief at this welcome reprieve.

“But neither Hawkspring nor Bristol City Council are out of the woods yet. It is essential that the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board now works closely with Hawkspring to properly understand its services, local demand, and how best it can respond to secure a long term future for this most vital of local community organisations.”

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