The Dorothy Kerin Trust has been faced with considerable financial challenges for a number of years. More recently the Trust has found itself in an increasingly competitive market for health and social care needs, and it has been unable to generate enough income from its many service streams to meet the heavy cost obligations of running Burrswood. Despite sporadic sizeable single donations and legacies, there has also been a significant shortfall in reaching fundraising targets.
On top of this, the cost of ensuring compliance with Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulations continues to grow, and this has also been a further contributory factor in the number of burdens on the Trust’s limited resources. All of these issues combined have led to Burrswood facing an unsustainable financial position.
The Trustees having prayerfully considered and explored a very wide range of alternative options over some years, have sadly come to the conclusion that Burrswood’s current situation is untenable, and as a result it is proposed that all operations at Burrswood will cease by the end of June 2019.
We have started a consultation process with all affected employees, who are at risk of redundancy, and we have also told our volunteers and supporters about the proposal.
The Trustees are hopeful that as we move through this process new opportunities will emerge which will enable the God-given legacy of Dorothy Kerin to be carried forward for a new generation in a new age.