Finance Score: -2
Governance Score: -8
Support Score: 6
  • Low unrestricted reserves: -2
  • Only 4 Trustees: -1
  • Narrow trustee age band: -2
  • Very static board: -5
  • Grant maker support: +6
Overall GiG Score: -4 ?

HAPPY DAYS CHILDRENS CHARITY 

Holidays and Leisuretime activity for children with special needs across the whole uk
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers recently
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • There are only 4 trustees
  • The Board composition appears to be very static and has little diversity in terms of age

Financial issues to consider:

  • Unrestricted reserves appear to be dangerously low at the latest year end
Established: 32 years

www.happydayscharity.org

enquiries@happydayscharity.org

01462530710

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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/03/23£978£1,071£-93£121£346£2272.59100
31/03/22£817£806£11£105£439£2864.39100
31/03/21£678£503£174£99£427£2315.59100
31/03/20£886£871£15£136£253£1912.696
31/03/19£934£931£3£129£238£1952.599
31/03/18£930£940£-9£129£235£2072.690
31/03/17£945£950£-5£0£244£1782.290
31/03/16£902£922£-20£114£249£1582.190
31/03/15£876£893£-18£118£269£1732.390
31/03/14£870£870£0£123£287£1952.7110
31/03/13£920£901£18£98£287£2223120
31/03/12£1,055£1,057£-2£100£269£1772120
31/03/11£1,036£1,006£31£98£271£1842.2130
31/03/10£871£840£31£110£240£1952.8120
31/03/09£923£843£80£131£209£1582.3120
31/03/08£1,104£1,091£13£224£129£830.9160
31/03/07£1,108£1,163£-56£380£116£890.9160
31/03/06£1,119£1,070£49£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/05£1,039£1,104£-65£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/04£1,015£952£63£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 12.4%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 11.3%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 11%
Liabilities/Income: 4%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 66%
Reserves/Spending: 2.5 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 4 months
Quick Ratio: 13.9
Asset Split ?
Listed activities
  • Amateur Sport
  • Arts/Culture/Heritage/Science
  • Disability
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
How it operates
  • Makes Grants to Individuals
  • Makes Grants to Organisations
Where it operates
  • Northern Ireland, Scotland, Throughout England And Wales,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
  • People With Disabilities
Who works here?
  • 9 employees
  • 100 volunteers

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£24,840
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation£12,842
DCMS£10,000
Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland£8,450
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland - Trips to the theatre for children with special neds from Ireland
£3,950 28/03/2023
Towards theatre ticket costs and some transport costs supporting disadvantaged and disabled children in NI
National Lottery Community Fund - Theatre Arts Project for children with special needs from Wales
£9,944 02/03/2023
Happy Days Children's Charity in Flintshire will use £9944 to fund six visiting theatre performances and two trips to the theatre to provide experiences for children who have special needs across ....more
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation - We plan to provide seven visiting theatre performances for 701 children with special needs in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in the designated areas
£6,766 15/09/2022
Visiting Theatre visits for children from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
John Lyon's Charity - Small grant to Happy Days
£3,000 08/09/2022
Visiting Theatre Performances
County Durham Community Foundation - Children in the North East
£5,000 17/01/2022
Funding for projects in County Durham.
National Lottery Community Fund - Respite break holidays for children with special needs and their families
£10,000 07/01/2022
The funding will be used to provide respite break holidays for families with children with special needs that are further disadvantaged by living in poor socio-economic conditions. The project aims ....more
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - A grant to Happy Days Children's Charity
£1,000 26/08/2021
Supporting the organisation's work in North East England
Rothschild Foundation - Grant to Happy Days Children's Charity
£2,000 12/08/2021
A professional visiting theatre for 80 children from Aylesbury and a respite seaside break holiday for Maisey from Aylesbury who has epilepsy and severe learning difficulties.
John Lyon's Charity - Small grant to Happy Days
£3,000 01/05/2021
Visiting theatre performances for children with special needs from Barnet
Masonic Trust - MCF Matched Funding
£1,250 26/01/2021
Unrestricted matched funding in partnership with the local masonic province
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - Happy Days Children's Charity - 11/01/21
£1,250 22/01/2021
Respite breaks for children with illnesses
Masonic Trust - MCF Matched Funding
£1,000 21/01/2021
Unrestricted matched funding in partnership with the local masonic province
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£10,000 05/10/2020
"The fund aims to:1) To reduce closures of essential charities that provide essential services to vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 crisis by ensuring they have the financial resources to ....more
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation - Grant to Happy Days Children's Charity
£2,876 16/09/2020
2
Visiting Theatre Performances
Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland - Trips to the theatre for children with special needs from Northern Ireland
£4,500 18/03/2020
Trips to the theatre for children with special needs from Northern Ireland
National Lottery Community Fund - Visiting theatre for children with special needs from Wales
£4,896 18/03/2020
4
Happy Days Children's Charity in Caerphilly, Bridgend and Tonteg will take approximately 500 children with a broad spectrum of conditions to theatre productions. £4,896 will fund transport and ....more
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation - Grant to Happy Days Children's Charity
£3,200 13/10/2019
6
Trips to the theatre for children with special needs from Luton
Robertson Trust - Visiting theatre performances for children from Scotland
£3,500 31/01/2019
Visiting theatre performances for children from Scotland
National Lottery Community Fund - Day trips for children with special need
£3,409 15/01/2019
12
Project Summary :_x000D_ Happy Days Children's Charity in Flintshire will use the grant to give children with additional needs, who otherwise would not be able to go, the opportunity to see places of ....more
National Lottery Community Fund - Day trips for children with special need
£10,000 26/10/2018
12
This funding will be used to provide day trips for children and young people living with special needs. The project aims to offer positive experiences to improve wellbeing and build relationships.
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation - Grant to Happy Days Children's Charity
£4,000 24/07/2018
6
Trips to the theatre for children with special needs from Luton
Robertson Trust - Group Activity Holidays for Scottish children and young people
£5,000 21/11/2017
Group Activity Holidays for Scottish children and young people
National Lottery Community Fund - Visiting Theatre Performances for Children with special needs in Wales
£5,000 27/09/2017
12
Visiting Theatre Performances for Children with special needs in Wales
National Lottery Community Fund - Visiting theatre performances for children with special needs from Eng
£10,000 13/09/2017
12
This project will provide theatre workshops and performances for young people aged 3 to17 who have learning difficulties, cerebral palsy or hearing impairment in order to improve quality of life for ....more
Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation - Special Need Children Theatre Trips
£5,000 11/07/2017
6
Grant to Happy Days Children's Charity
Robertson Trust - Activity holidays for Scottish children with additional support needs
£5,000 22/11/2016
Activity holidays for Scottish children with additional support needs
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Happy Days Children's Charity
£1,250 19/02/2015
towards a four-night residential trip to an adventure centre in Devon for a group of disabled children from Bedfordshire
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to Happy Days Children's Charity
£2,000 29/02/2012
towards the cost of adventure holidays for children with disabilties and behavioual problems from around the UK
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (4)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 55-71
  • DIANE MAY (Chair) Appointed: 2005, Occupation: Head Teacher
  • RACHEL REES Appointed: 2012, Occupation: Company Director
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 11/05/1992, number: 1010943
  • Registered at Companies House on 21/08/1991, number: 02639512
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; all on time
Recent reorganisation events:
  • Asset transfer in from THE MOLLY FORSTER CHARITABLE TRUST on 12/03/2024
Main office

Happy Days Childrens Charity
Unit 6-7
The Glover Centre
Bury Mead Road
HITCHIN
Hertford

Objectives

TO HELP AND EDUCATE YOUNG PERSONS THROUGH THEIR LEISURE-TIME AND HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES.

Defined Area of Benefit:

IN PRACTICE UNITED KINGDOM

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase
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