It is with great sadness that we announce the work of this awarding winning charity is having to close.
Richard Dowling has tendered his resignation, and leaves the employment of the Trust to start a new appointment as Youth Services Manager, West Kent in the March 2020.
Following this news the Trustees have taken the difficult decision not to seek a reappointment. Any good new appointment for Richard’s replacement could only occur with the assurance of at least three years funding in place. Due to changes in the way the Diocese supports mission projects such as ours, we are no longer eligible to receive such grant funding. This funding covered about 30% of our costs. In anticipation at the loss of this funding, we have spent significant energy in the past ten months attempting to secure new funds but with no success. At the same time for a range of personal reasons, in quick succession, we have lost four of our Trustees. In this weakened position we have therefore, with heavy hearts, decided to close the Trust.
We do however very much want to celebrate the way we have all been blessed by this project. We want to give thanks for the fantastic ministry and hard work of both Richard Dowling and our previous Schools workers James Smith and Nathan Wilson. Will you join us on Sunday 15th March 6:30pm at Trinity Baptist Church Tenterden for a service of thanksgiving, and our annual meeting.
Please continue to pray for Homewood School the pupils and the staff, and Richard as begins a new ministry.
Chair of Trustees.