The annual budget review is here again.
We have to look at the costs of every member of staff and every penny spent on the running of Chestnut Tree House to ensure we are using all monies in the most effective way possible.
With only 7% of our total costs funded by central government, an increase in referrals and the complexity of children’s conditions and end of life care, we need to be sure we have enough funds for the future.
We review every line of our budget, asking many questions, such as can we afford new uniforms, what equipment will need to be replaced and what training requirements are there this year?
The purpose of this is to make sure we are spending our funds well, getting the best possible deals on purchases and changing suppliers where required.
As we are registered with the Care Quality Commission we also have to comply with legislation, which can also increase costs.
Then there are unforeseen costs which can never be planned for. So the budget review can be a very tricky time.
We are so fortunate that the people of Sussex are very generous with their continuing donations, sponsorships and help.
Thank you so much.
Chestnut Tree House, in Dover Lane, Arundel, cares for over 280 children and young adults from 0-25 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions.
For more information on Chestnut Tree House visit the website www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk