UPDATE: We received this two minutes ago, from Chris Wright of AfSL.
“Sorry to spoil the opportunity for a sensational headline, but AfSL has no intention of ‘shutting its doors’. It is true that our Big Lottery grant comes to an end on 31st January 2014 but that isn’t our only source of income. We also have several irons in the fire in terms of further funding. Rest assured that the future of the secretariat role for the Stakeholder Steering Group is secure with AfSL.”
MCFly says; Not a sensational headline. Factual and undenied in the above statement. It’s also good to see that AfSL can, when it wants, take less than a month to supply a statement. And the fact remains that Chris Wright did openly speculate at last December’s AGM that AfSL might not exist in a year’s time.
UPDATE 16th October. This.
We only have one source (bad journalism).
It’s facebook (even worse journalism!)
[Update: The facebook screengrab that illustrated this story has been removed. The general point is this though - if you don't want people to know what you are doing, maybe DON'T POST IT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE ON FACEBOOK? Just sayin'. ]
But it seems that – as hinted as a possibility at its 2012 AGM – (see MCFly report), Action for Sustainable Living might be shutting its doors. At the very least, it is in dire financial straits, with at least one of its core staff job hunting. In response to a question about whether funding had run out, this member of staff confirmed “yep, end of January “
There is nowt about closure on AfSl’s website, so it may be that the news isn’t terminal.
We will (try to) get more information tomorrow and pass it on.
It will be interesting to see what plans there are for the secretariat function of the “Stakeholder” “Steering” “Group.”