We’ve all heard about events across the world being cancelled due to the global pandemic we find ourselves in, and the devastating effect that is having on industry.
Weddings are cancelled, gigs cancelled and now even big festivals like Glastonbury have postponed till next year. Not only does this mean that deposits are being lost and jobs are put at risk, there is also a less obvious danger for a whole different industry.
Many charities across the non-profit sector are finding themselves in crisis without the vital funds they raise from events. This includes not only events they run themselves, but also those where they run stalls, services, or receive donations.
The charity sector has been in crisis for some time now, having taken a large blow from years of austerity. This makes the sector less able to cope with interruptions to funds.
Already, many staff members in charities often volunteer extra time to get their job done, whether it’s giving up days they could be doing other paid work, or donating their weekends and evenings to their cause. If you get into charity work for the cash, you’ll soon be sorely disappointed.
At Brighton Peace and Environment Centre we make 60% of our income from services we run at Glastonbury, allowing us to pay for core costs like staff, rent and bills. The festival has a long history of supporting a variety of charities, and we’ve been involved since the 1980s when we sold tickets from our shop in The Lanes.
Now we run environmental coaches to the festival and help work the lock ups alongside other groups like the CND and Friends of the Earth. Fundraising at Glastonbury means that anything donors or project funders give can go directly towards the making and delivering of our vital projects, like Refill Brighton and Breathe in Brighton, a campaign that tackles poor air quality in our city.
With the festival now cancelled, our charity is in a difficult position of having to urgently replace this funding to continue running our projects.