Award-winning charity youth mag’s funding slashed
THE future of a multi award-winning youth project and magazine has been put in jeopardy after Haringey Council axed its entire contribution to the charity.
Publicly available accounts of the popular Exposure Magazine, based in Muswell Hill, show that in recent years it has received around �80,000 a year in support of their project – almost a third of its entire turnover.
But now council bosses say the money has to be axed entirely in the face of swingeing government cuts to the council coiffeurs – in the same week the group are to discover if they have won another glittering award.
Exposure is a voluntary youth organisation which enables children and young people from all backgrounds – including many disadvantaged groups and those from areas of deprivation – to get experience in the media by producing a bi-monthly magazine which is distributed in all local schools and videos.
In recent times the group have won a string of awards, recently being named the best youth magazine in the country, and on Saturday they will meet PM David Cameron and Mayor Boris Johnson after reaching the final three of the Spirit of London Awards, established by the Damilola Taylor Trust.
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Editor Gary Favell said the group would work hard to ensure the devastating blow didn’t mark the end for the project.
“Exposure does have some reserves, but losing that kind of amount of money can destroy a charity of our size – perhaps not straight away, but very quickly,” he said.
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“We are working hard to replace this money by going to trusts, charities and our current funders.”
The Ham&High Broadway has agreed to work in collaboration with Exposure in the coming months in order to support the vital community resource.
Ward councillor for Muswell Hill, Gail Engert, slammed the cuts, saying: “The council really needs to think whether an award-winning service that provides such training to young people is really something they want to get rid of.”
A council spokesman said: “The other parts of the Youth Service budget are being reviewed, along with every other part of council expenditure, so we are not yet in a position to set out what the full impact of the cuts will be.”
To find out more or to donate to Exposure, go to www.exposure.org.uk.