Innovative Ways of Funding the Voluntary Sector: Two Local Case StudiesĀ 

This seminar explores how Bramley Baths and Fusion Housing have responded to challenges of austerity and established funding models that have allowed their organisations to flourish.

When Tuesday 20 March at 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Where Room 1.08 Parkinson Building
University of Leeds LS2 9JT

Cuts to public sector budgets are having a real impact on public services with funding for the sector falling significantly since 2010.  Increasingly, public sector organisations are being forced to find new ways of funding their services if they are to survive the age of austerity.  This seminar will explore the ways in which two local, not for profit organisations have responded to the challenges of austerity and established funding models that have allowed their organisations to flourish.  It will be of interest to those studying degrees relating to young people and families, education, business, politics, social policy and interdisciplinary studies.  It will also be of interest to those working in these sectors.  

BRAMLEY BATHS Bramley Baths is a community-led organisation providing a friendly and affordable space for health, fitness and education. The centre consists of a swimming pool, gym, steam room, studio, as well as community spaces and regularly gets upwards of 2000 visits each week. The Baths were originally built in 1904 and the asset was transferred from Leeds City Council in 2012.  Tracy Basu is the Chief Executive of Bramley Baths.  A chartered accountant by profession, Tracy has over 15 years experience working in leisure in both the private and third sector. 

FUSION HOUSING Fusion Housing is a non-profit making charity, working to help individuals in Kirklees who experience housing-related issues and need support with learning and employment. In the last three years they have successfully helped many long-term unemployed and homeless young people find work, training and secure places to live.  They also run food banks, a managed tenancy service and bond guarantee scheme. Helen Minnett is the Director of Fusion Housing with a wide range of experience working with young people.  She has a particular interest in developing democratic and participative organisational structures.

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