KicFM in a sad farewell as it loses funding
It can now be confirmed that KicFM – a youth organisation that offered hundreds of people an insight into the media, and which found many volunteers a job in radio – will close tomorrow [Thursday] with its final broadcast. This is due to £100,000 of government funding being withdrawn. Just a few weeks ago I wrote an article about how KicFM were rallying against closure, and this announcement is inevitably a sad time for the many volunteers.
I contacted KicFM’s Station Manager Kenny Mach for his reaction to the news:
This is a sad time for those past and present, but we have decided to organise a KicFM Reunion to be held on Thursday 31st March 2011 [tomorrow] where everyone is invited. We have basically had our £100,000 annual funding withdrawn despite our attempts to campaign against this decision. I don’t know what volunteers will do with their time. There is now one less organisation to help people get off the streets.
This news comes as hundreds more services across the country are facing closure including the Citizens Advice Bureaux, hostels, residential centres and the arts. KicFM believe ‘young people are losing out on hundreds of opportunities because of government cuts in the voluntary sector’ and is concerned that ‘these huge reductions in the voluntary youth sector will make the objectives of The Big Society’ unobtainable’.
In a press release, Terry Ryall, CEO of Vinspired, said there is no strategy in place to deal with youth funding in the future from his meeting with Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society:
It is clear from that meeting that they have not accepted the need for Government funding of youth volunteering infrastructure. In addition, the future of the match fund is undecided despite the success of this programme and the investment leveraged.