GL Communities back from the brink
AFTER standing on the precipice of closure earlier this year, GL Communities is back from the brink.
Following a tough year of financial difficulty due to cuts in funding, charity GL Communities is fighting on.
And it is all thanks to Dr Sam Brier, the former chief executive of KIDS, a national charity supporting disabled children, who has stepped in to back the group.
Working for the Institute for Voluntary Action (IVAR) Dr Brier will support the charity to develop an action plan to boost its future aims.
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Dr Brier said: "GL Communities has come through a difficult period of re-organisation and we are now focusing upon future development.
"As individuals and local communities face increasing financial and social upheaval, GL Communities is carrying out ambitious plans for enhancing its advice giving, community education and services to those with mental health and/or learning disabilities."
GL Communities was formed from the merger of the Matson Neighbourhood Project, Podsmead Neighbourhood Project and Venture Play White City in October 2010.
The charity runs a number of projects including the Phoenix Wellbeing Centre (a day service for people with mental health issues), welfare and debt advice, Dig Deep (a project helping people gain practical skills and work experience) and volunteering opportunities.
Jason Dunsford, chairman of GL Communities, said: "We want to grab with both hands the opportunity to work with someone as experienced as Sam who will help us to move on and continue to deliver vital services to our communities in Gloucester."
Gloucester city councillor Andrew Gravells (C, Abbey) said: "I'm really pleased to see GL Communities stronger now than they ever were before."