The A.S.C.C.P.'s management recently made a decision to close the project, citing a lack of long-term financial support as the reason for the closure. There are several stakeholders (these include NDC, Social Services and Nottingham City Primary Care Trust) who have provided regular funding, but this remains insecure. A.S.C.C.P have not suffered a loss of support, but staff are seemingly frustrated at the number of hours spent filling out applications for funds, from the same funders, for short-term bursaries. Some negotiations have occurred recently, but the threat of closure stills stands, imminent and looming. The management have openly admitted that the project has enough money to stay open until well into next year, but seemingly considerations are being made of the costs of closing such a project down. Salaries for All Saints' twelve or so employed staff account for around 70 to 75 percent of their outgoings.
Service Users are generally dismayed at the impending loss of what is for many, the hub of their social lives. The services are invaluable to them and for some members the threat of closure may pose a serious challenge to their feelings of stability living in the community. Others have tried to actively campaign to save the project, and created a petition to 'Save All Saints'. But it seems they may not have had the appropriate support.
There is still the opportunity to visit All Saints before it closes. There is also the possibility of preventing the closure, but the project's future can only be assured if enough people become involved to support those who want to save it.
A couple of key dates, as publicised by All Saints:
November 9th (11-2)
'Show of Support' event
November 30th (11-2)