Finance Score: -3
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 10
  • Volatile income: -3
  • No PartB
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Large volunteers +3
  • Grant maker support: +7
Overall GiG Score: 16 ?

FRIENDS FOR LEISURE 

Promoting opportunities for children and young people with disabilities aged 5 to 21 in Cheshire East.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • This charity has been successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Financial issues to consider:

  • A PartB annual return has not been required and so detailed financial information is not available from the online data
  • Income has been volatile recently

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*£136£137£-1n/an/an/an/an/a50
31/03/22£159£167£-8n/an/an/an/an/a80
31/03/21£177£164£12n/an/an/an/an/a85
31/03/20£164£172£-8n/an/an/an/an/a100
31/03/19£172£170£1n/an/an/an/an/a100
31/03/18£182£162£20£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/17£176£172£5£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/16£184£177£7£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/15£167£161£6£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/14£166£152£14£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/13£146£151£-5£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/12£152£133£19£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/11£153£118£35£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/10£127£112£15£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/09£140£101£39£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/08£101£129£-28£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/07£119£121£-2£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/06£120£92£28£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/05£98£107£-9£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/04£103£110£-7£0£0£0n/a00

Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
Established: 26 years

www.friendsforleisure.org.uk

info@friendsforleisure.org.uk

01260275333

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UN SDGs
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Listed activities
  • Disability
  • Education/Training
  • General Charitable Purposes
GiG Classification
  • Social youth organisations
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Cheshire East,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • People With Disabilities
  • The General Public/Mankind

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£108,205
Cheshire Community Foundation£31,456
Garfield Weston Foundation£20,000
BBC Children in Need£12,801
Masonic Trust£10,000
DCMS£9,921
True Colours Trust£8,000
Co-Operative Group£7,538
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Friends for Leisure
£1,108 21/10/2023
We would like to provide a weekly drama group for local children and young people with disabilities to help improve their confidence, mental wellbeing, skills and independence – while having fun!
Cheshire Community Foundation - Grant to Friends for Leisure
£2,100 19/05/2023
Grant to Friends for Leisure
True Colours Trust - Towards youth group sessions for disabled children and young people
£3,000 02/05/2023
Towards youth group sessions for disabled children and young people.
National Lottery Community Fund - FFL PALS (Personal and Life Skills)
£7,306 10/02/2023
The funding will be used to support disabled young people to develop new skills. This project aims to provide these young people with the skills and knowledge required to prepare them for their ....more
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Friends for Leisure
£3,865 22/10/2022
We wish to reduce loneliness for local disabled children and young people by providing regular social opportunities for them to meet new friends and have fun at youth groups every fortnight.
Cheshire Community Foundation - FFL post-covid recovery family support
£2,500 11/08/2022
FFL post-covid recovery family support
Masonic Trust - MCF Small Grant
£10,000 16/06/2022
Unrestricted core funding for small charities
National Lottery Community Fund - FFL Volunteering programme
£84,349 18/02/2022
The charity aims to promote and develop mainstream leisure and friendship opportunities for children and young people aged 5-21 with physical sensory and learning disabilities. Funding for the group ....more
Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust - Friends for Leisure - 14/10/21
£1,500 03/11/2021
Core Funding
National Lottery Community Fund - FFL Post-Covid family support
£9,300 02/07/2021
The funding will be used to deliver support sessions and social activities for families with children who are disabled where participants will be provided with the opportunity to get together with ....more
Cheshire Community Foundation - Friends for Leisure Summer Holiday Activities programme
£1,870 24/05/2021
Friends for Leisure is a registered charity providing fun and friendship to disadvantaged local children and young people with disabilities across Cheshire East. The project will deliver a number of ....more
Cheshire Community Foundation - Friends for Leisure COVID-19 response services
£1,400 02/03/2021
Friends for Leisure are a registered charity providing fun and friendship to reduce the negative impacts of social isolation on children and young people with disabilities across Cheshire East. ....more
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Friends for Leisure
£2,565 24/10/2020
We aim to provide a drama group in Macclesfield to help disabled children feel less isolated, improve their wellbeing and make friends.
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Friends For Leisure
£12,801 09/09/2020
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COVID19 - This project will deliver a virtual buddy scheme for 30 disabled children and young people from Cheshire who are isolated due to Covid-19. This will result in a reduction in isolation.
DCMS - Coronavirus Community Support Fund
£4,876 31/07/2020
"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
DCMS - VSCE CMC Fund
£5,045 16/06/2020
NET, Comic Relief and Children in Need will use this funding to provide: increased support to vulnerable people and hidden groups, thus reducing the burden on public services; reach local grassroots ....more
Cheshire Community Foundation - Friends for Leisure COVID-19 response services
£6,048 26/05/2020
We are Friends for Leisure, a registered charity providing fun and friendship to reduce the negative impacts of social isolation on children and young people with disabilities across Cheshire East. ....more
Cheshire Community Foundation - Crewe Family Support and Activities service
£7,538 18/05/2020
Friends for Leisure is a registered charity providing fun and friendship to disadvantaged local children and young people with disabilities across Cheshire East. We are applying for funding for our ....more
CAF - Grant to Friends for Leisure
£995 27/04/2020
Grant to Friends for Leisure to support the organisation through COVID19
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£20,000 06/03/2020
24
Friends for Leisure core running costs
National Lottery Community Fund - Everyone Needs a Friend Youth Volunteering Programme
£7,250 06/03/2020
11
The project will recruit, train and support young volunteers so they can 'buddy' them up with registered disabled children and young people. This will enable them to continue to provide support in ....more
Cheshire Community Foundation - Friends for Leisure Youth Volunteering
£5,000 23/10/2019
This grant would contribute to our continuing volunteer programme. Open to all, volunteers (most aged 15-20) are recruited in schools and colleges across Cheshire East, as well as through social ....more
True Colours Trust - Towards the running costs of its inclusive youth groups in Crewe
£5,000 16/10/2019
Towards the running costs of its inclusive youth groups in Crewe
Cheshire Community Foundation - core costs
£5,000 05/09/2019
Established in 1995, Friends for Leisure's aims have been to establish, promote and develop friendship oppurtunities for children and young people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities ....more
Cheshire Community Foundation - Friends for Leisure Youth Volunteering
£6,583 26/07/2018
The volunteering opportunity is open to all, with a three-year gap required before a former beneficiary can volunteer, to clarify boundaries. Volunteers will be recruited in schools and colleges ....more
Masonic Trust - MCF Small Grant
£5,000 23/05/2018
Unrestricted core funding for small charities
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£15,000 24/01/2018
Family Support Core Funding
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Friends for Leisure
£4,825 29/11/2017
We want to provide a drama group where disabled young people come together with Fallibroome students to learn how to express themselves.
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Friends for Leisure
£3,855 04/08/2017
Help disabled young people to meet new friends, gain confidence, develop social skills and feel included with our bowling groups.
Cheshire Community Foundation - Volunteering Programme
£5,000 13/03/2017
Friends for Leisure aims to enable disabled children and young people to have access to and participate in everyday leisure activities from which they are often excluded. The project comprises the ....more
Cheshire Community Foundation - Congleton Youth Groups (working title)
£5,882 13/03/2017
Friends for Leisure addresses the social isolation and loneliness often experienced by disabled children and young people by providing inclusive leisure activities and encouraging friendships with ....more
BBC Children in Need - Grant to Friends For Leisure
£55,225 01/11/2016
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This project will fund an Activity Coordinator post, who will enable young CYP living with disabilities to engage in various social activities and excursions.
True Colours Trust - Families come too project
£4,897 16/10/2015
Families come too project
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to Friends for Leisure
£26,000 29/01/2014
The organisation, supported by young volunteers, help disabled children and young people to have fun, make friends and develop self confidence through participation in everyday leisure activities.
National Lottery Community Fund - Friendship Counts
£198,385 11/05/2011
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This project will support children and young people with disabilities by providing a range of new opportunities to socialise, make friends, and get more involved in the local community.The scheme ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (5)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 29-67
  • HEATHER PEARCE Appointed: 2023, Occupation: Speech And Language Therapist
  • PAMELA CAREY Appointed: 2021, Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 01/04/1998, number: 1068991
  • Registered at Companies House on 11/02/1998, number: 03508369
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; AR23: 6 days late,
Main office

Friends for Leisure
Albert Chambers
Canal Street
Congleton
CW12 4AA

Objectives

1) THE RELIEF OF STRESS AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BY PROMOTING MAINSTREAM FRIENDSHIP AND LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES2) TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC BY RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT DISABILITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUALITY AND INCLUSION

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

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