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Talks with Sunshine League continue Govt

Talks between Government and the Sunshine League about the future of the charity’s children’s home are ongoing, according to Government.

Youth and Families Permanent Secretary Wayne Carey said yesterday: “The matter is still under active consideration, and there is ongoing communication between Government and the Sunshine League.”

The charity announced in June that it would be closing its residential foster care home by July 1 due to the excessively high cost of operating the 24-hour programme.

Interim president Zakiya Johnson told

The Royal Gazette that the charity had several significant donors to help the home stay afloat but cutbacks in the private sector, along with a reduction of the charity’s Government grant, had left the group in a difficult position.

Government reduced the 92-year-old charity’s annual grant from $200,000 to $100,000 in the most recent budget.

The rest of the home’s estimated $700,000 annual operating costs have been funded by private donations.

Youth Minister Glenn Blakeney has said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the closure announcement, and that the Government would carry out an operational review of the charity and recommend a way to keep the home in operation.

He also said that only a quarter of the grant had been paid so far this year, but that Government would be willing to advance the remaining $75,000 to keep the home open for the time being.

The Sunshine League later announced that it would maintain operation at the home through July and into August “if necessary”.

At that time, Ms Johnson said: “The Sunshine League, as previously stated, is transitioning out of 24-hour residential care, but would like to allow Government extra time to make a decision about effectively running a 24-hour residential facility from our building.”

Useful websites: www.sunshineleague.bm, www.gov.bm.

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Published August 03, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 03, 2011 at 9:43 am)

Talks with Sunshine League continue Govt

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