Funding change triggers concern for future of Winchester Area Community Action

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THE future of Winchester Area Community Action (WACA) is uncertain after city councillors agreed to change the way it is funded.

The Cabinet approved stopping its annual grant and instead introduce a new commissioned service for two years starting in spring 2014.

Fears were raised that this will destabilise WACA which provides many services including Shopmobility, Dial a Ride, RASAC rape counselling service and supports many charities Trevor Lewis, the new chairman of WACA, said: “It would be a significant challenge. The big risk is that if WACA was destabilised the support for the voluntary sector would also be destabilised.”

To save money WACA is considering relocating from the city council offices in Colebrook Street to a cheaper base.

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