Looking forward as life is beginning to normalise a little, we have had to start looking at how we can be sustainable as a charity. It’s always difficult as a non-profit organisation and we always have more ideas and dreams than we can afford to do. We have been lucky enough to get a little funding through this period which has allowed us to bring some creative joy and fun under lockdown. However, the current situation means funding which we would normally look to try and help with running costs such as rent, utilities and staff wages are more limited. So we have to be more proactive in creating income if we want to sustain what we have achieved. We have only survived the last 5 years because of generous volunteer time and that is still the case.
We want to keep both the Kinlochleven workshop and the Ballachulish Hub and deliver free activities as well as low cost ones. It’s a challenge though and so we are going to try and earn more money through sales and services. So the Ballachulish Hub will stock more sales products and Kinlochleven will be our printing base. Both venues will continue to be the bases for regular free youth activities.
We also now have a brochure of other services we can offer such as therapeutic play sessions , kids parties and group art sessions. This is something we hope will sustain all our normal activities and more to continue.
We hope our future looks bright and we are very grateful for all the continued support and encouragement. We genuinely believe that creativity is so powerfully healthy and healing for the mind and we love to share that experience with people.
I’m still smiling and I know so much of that is due to being able to run Kinlochlovin’ and expressing my creativity through it. Thankyou to everyone who supports me to keep Kinlochlovin’ alive! Looking forward to creative pop up art sessions this week.