A CHARITY has warned it will have to close after 25 years, following its funding from the council being axed.

The Coach House Trust, which provides support for people who experience exclusion from mainstream society and who want to get into work, said staff will be made redundant.

It offers workshops for adults aged 16 and over, in skills including gardening, woodwork art, computing, music and healthy eating.

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The charity applied for £583,003, over three years, for its work from the base in the west of Glasgow.

It said funding “will assist isolated people who suffer from mental health issues, learning disabilities, addiction and homelessness to reduce isolation and loneliness and improve self-confidence and esteem".

However, despite being funded previously it was not successful in getting any cash from the council’s £55m Communities Fund and says it will run out of funds within a few months.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “This decision will close the Coach House Trust down. Timescales to attract other funding, given how little there is around, will be against us.

“This will mean 10 redundancies but more importantly, our current and future service users will be deprived of a service that in all its time has never met with criticism from referral agencies, in fact quite the opposite, we have been regularly praised and won many awards.”

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The chair of the trust, Don Jamieson has written to the council chief executive Annemarie O’Donnell, council leader Susan Aitken and convenor for equalities, communities and education, Christina Cannon, asking about the decision making process and how suddenly it is not worthy of funding but said he has not received a reply.

He added: “We run a service that will never be self-financing due to the nature of it and local authority funding has always been important.

“We are supervised by the social work department and are very highly regarded.

“Three years ago, when this latest iteration of Council funding was launched we were scored second highest project in the city and now three years later we get nothing.”

Glasgow City Council didn't comment on the Coach House Trust's specific case but said the process was different from previous rounds.

When the funding was allocated earlier this month, councillor Cannon said: "This has been a comprehensive, robust, open and transparent process that has resulted in £50m of grant funding with 235 awards across the city to help our citizens and communities most in need.

"This is a major investment in the third sector and organisations who will deliver a variety of support across the three main aims of the Glasgow Communities Fund - supporting communities, equalities, and arts and culture.

"A total of 445 applications were received - applying for 64% more money than the value of the grant funding available.

"Across the board, there was a 91.39% increase in the grant funding requested in comparison to 2022/23 funding provided."