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18 May 2007


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QSA drops bar to Lottery funds
The trustees of Quaker Social Action have decided to change their position on not applying to the Big Lottery Fund
  • After a consultation in The Friend and discussion with Friends and Meetings, trustees have decided, through worship sharing, that an application may be made to the Big Lottery Fund if this will assist the development of any of their projects

  • Neil Johnson, clerk of QSA, said, 'This was a very difficult decision
  • We don't see the lottery as any sort of panacea, but we felt it was time to widen our options and remove our objection to applying
  • While Quaker values are part of everything we do, our first responsibility as trustees is to the needs of the charity and therefore, to the people of east London that we serve
  • The Quaker stance against gambling comes alongside a commitment to remake society in such a way as it empowers the poor to live through more sustainable means than gambling
  • If applying for lottery money means we can do more of this, or do it better, then we feel we will have made the right decision
  • At the same time that we have made this decision, we have also set in train a governance review that is aimed at strengthening our independence as a charity and lessening our reliance on any one source of funding
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